Beauty Finds: Shangpree Pore Tightening Mask Review

Welcome back to another Beauty Finds! This edition features Shangpree Pore Tightening Mask.

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I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

Beauty Finds: Shangpree Pore Tightening Mask

Shangprees’ signature mud treatment with purifying white clay (Kaolin), Ginseng and Hyaluronic Acid removes excess sebum, impurities and dead skin, while strengthening the moisture barrier for a visibly clear, refined and youthful looking complexion. 

Apply a thick layer to clean skin avoiding the eye and lip area, leave on for 10-20 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water. Use as often as needed. 

Nothing can shrink pores, but this mask does leave my skin feeling degunked and hydrated. Many clay mask can take out all the moisture leaving my skin feeling dry (Most clay masks you should only leave on for 5 minutes!). Sometimes I break the one of the biggest NO NO skincare rules that is not removing make up before bed 🙆‍♀️. While I cleanse my face in the morning it can still feel blocked up. This mask makes my skin feel cleaner again. 

Thanks to all the oils in it, it doesn’t dry like the other clay masks. That’s not to say it doesn’t dry on application, it does, but it doesn’t flake or feel like it’s dried tight on the skin. I’ve often left it on for over 20 minutes and my skin has felt the same as if I left it on for 10 minutes. I still get blackheads however if I use this mask often enough I can keep them at bay and they’re visibly less. With regards to sebum, it’s the winter so I naturally have less shiny skin than in the summer. I have noticed on days I use it, I’m less shiny nose. However with face masks/coverings all make up gets rubbed off and shiny skin is also due to how much water I drink. I use it about 2-3 times week and haven’t reacted to it. The girls at Miin Cosmetics know their products when I asked if they had good clay mask.

It does does contain a few ingredients that I’m a little erm about. That said I’m on my 2nd or 3rd tube. The ingredients are; sodium hyaluronate acid, polysorbate 60, DMDM hydantoin, perfume, and disodium EDTA. Miin Cosmetics only sells cruelty free brands, however I’m not sure if this particular product is vegan due as it contains sodium hyaluronate acid. Shangpree itself is cruelty free according here. There’s huge debate about the source of hyaluronate acid if it’s plant derived or from animals. It’s so hard to find where brands get theirs from. DMDM hydantoin maybe I should stop using it with a little research! The perfume, I haven’t reacted to but I can’t say I like the smell of it. I’d prefer the natural smell. 

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Beauty Finds: Sioris Stay With Me Day Cream Review

Welcome back to another Beauty Finds! This edition Sioris Stay With Me Day Cream!

I have a few requirements when it comes to cosmetics and skin care: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid the nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products with these ingredients in I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

I discovered Sioris in Miin Cosmetics last year. Initially I was a little skeptical. The packaging is minimal, I didn’t want a plastic packaging brand again (dream on Nat) but I wanted to try new moisturisers. Their own site is mostly in Korean so I rely on stockists for product and brand info such as Miin Cosmetics. I believe the packaging is minimal with investment in the actual lotions and potions. Previously I was using Kora Organics and Honest Beauty moisturisers but I wasn’t happy with them. Kora Organics lotions (from douglas.es) are expensive for what they are, Honest Beauty, Honest Hydrogel Cream (from douglas.es) I liked, but couldn’t find what their hyaluronic acid sources were. Honest Beauty last year dropped a vegan line which had me questioning the hyaluronic acids used as they can be animal derived.

I decided to try Sioris Stay With Me Day Cream which the girls at Miin Cosmetics recommended. My skin in a day or 2 looked so much more healthier I went back to purchase the You Look So Young Night Cream and A Calming Day ampoule. Sioris isn’t an organic brand but everything they use is natural, mostly vegan and seasonal. Yes, seasonal. They use seasonal ingredients in many of their products. This also means that sometimes products aren’t available due to selling out fast until the next batch. Their prices aren’t cheap, but they’re not too expensive being mid range price with a little going a long way. All products are nasty ingredient free save one below. The products also are fragrance free, with no artificial fragrances or perfumes added so the smell of products is subjective. Some say it smells bad, but honestly it doesn’t smell of anything. Their Forever Young Night cream does as it contains tamanu oil, but the scent dissipates quickly and I’ll take that scent over artificial heavily scented or perfume any day.

So far most Sioris products I’ve used I’ve liked. Stay With Me Day Cream is a Daily Moisture Cream formulated with Schisandra fruit to help hydrate the skin intensively without being oily. Jeju Calendula and Ceramide also help soothe and strengthen a weakened skin barrier.

The cream has a slight pink hue which varies from batch to batch as it doesn’t contain any colouratives. The only ingredient that is on the bad list is butylene glycol. It’s rated 1 on ewg safety list and it is in the first 1/4 of ingredients. I’m hoping however all the other ingredients cancel out any damage done. It’s first ingredient is citrus junos fruit or yazu fruit which renowned for it’s high vitamin C properties (I’ve just started a yazu serum: by Urang (Miin Cosmetics here. Yes, I love Miin Cosmetics!) which it packed with it and have noticed a huge improvement in skin tone). Schisandra fruit is renowned for it’s skin calming and restorative properties. I’m in! Calendula calms skin and acne. 

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Beauty Finds: The Cleansing Trio

Today I’m sharing my current go to cleansing products. All are cruelty free, vegan and natural ingredients!

My love for Korean skincare products might be waning. Gasp! There are some Aussie products that have caught my eye that I might prefer. However when it comes to cleansing, removing makeup, making my face feel clean Korean products win. All products reviewed are cruelty free, contain no nasty ingredients, vegan, mostly palm oil free as I prefer orangutans (1 ingredient is a derivative). While my skin type is combination to oily all products are aimed for all skin types. It took a few frogs over the past 1.5 years to find this trio. And yes I know. All plastic packaging while I’m wanting to reduce my plastic. Skincare and beauty are one of the areas I’m finding this hardest.

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February and March Beauty Finds

Beauty Finds is back! 

As always I have 3 requirements when it comes to cosmetics and skin care. 1, No animal testing. While animal testing on cosmetics is banned in the European Union, India, New Zealand, South Korea (by 2018), Taiwan (by 2019) and Switzerland, many other countries it still goes Continue reading “February and March Beauty Finds”

December January Beauty Finds

I can’t believe it’s March already, we’re transition into a new season and I’m posting about December January Beauty Finds. Our skin renews itself about every 4 weeks so if I like something I like to give it more than a month to see if it works.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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