Friday, October 31, 2014

Innisfree Jeju Green Tea Cream

Hello everyone, I'm back with another new review!
As you may already know, the changing of seasons means awful skin for me. I still don’t know why, but whenever the weather or season changes, my skin gets really messed up for a few months. The daily moisturizer I used everyday is not enough to protect my skin against Seoul's strong drying winds. Since the weather cooling up, my skin was very dry at the same time, red and blackheads.

So, today I'm going to review something that I exactly had for some time now, it's Innisfree's "The Green Tea Seed Deep Cream" (이니스프리 더 그린티 씨드 크림). This moisture cream with Jeju eco-friendly green tea seed ingredient is formulated to provide excellent moisturizing + anti-oxidant effects to my skin, combined with green tea water, green tea seed oil and green tea EGCG that promote amazing effects to your skin help create dewy, resilient and clear complexion. Innisfree is famous for its excellent natural ingredients. I bought an item for 20,000 Won.

Innisfree products are nature based and the green tea ingredient is 100% organic and from Jeju Island. Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream with green tea seed and green complex: Enriched with Green Tea seed and Green Complex from pure Jeju Island, Green Tea Pure revives dry, stressed skin by supplying abundant moisture. Green tea seeds, cherishing the pure moisture in the ground, fills your skin with moisture. Green tea seeds bloom flowers in autumn to bear the energy of all four seasons and take 2-3 times longer to bloom than other places, because of "moisture," the most important factor of germination. Green tea trees like and dislike moisture. What does this mean? Green tea spreads its roots to deeper grounds to pump up the purest water. Because of this property, its seeds are called moisture seeds.

There are cute sticker on the lid of the jar.

The bottle is dark green, and clear so you can see through and judge how much is left in the bottle. It contains 100ml of product, which means it will last for at least 5-7 months if you use this every day.

This product doesn't come with a spatula for you to scoop the cream out, some of you might be concerned for the hygiene as you have to scoop out the product with your fingers. I suggest you get a small spoon, or feel free too scoop them out with a cotton swab, or just make sure you wash your hands before using your fingers to get the cream out.  

This cream is great for dry and sensitive skin types all year long since it is both suitable for winter, or autumn. This is super lightweight, non greasy, fast absorbing and very hydrating cream which I have been surely enjoying this season and I am quite sure I am going to repurchase this for next autumns or winters.
How to use:
Apply an appropriate amount onto thoroughly cleansed face and neck area. Then gently smooth for better absorption.

Honestly, my first impressions: I couldnt find any green tea scent in it!  
Even though it doesn't actually smell like green tea but the scent is mild, fresh scent which isn't overwhelming, and good for people like me, because I really sensitive towards strong smells.
The texture it is creamy, light and it also absorbs easily after a few minutes. This is very hydrating without increased feelings of oiliness or stickiness. It has a bit of a cooling effect and it leaves the face soft and supple.
This awesome cream became one of my favorite moisturizer ever since I first tried, it it is an amazing moisturizer and skin protector at the same time: it protects sensitive and dry skin from dryness, dust, cold, and rough weathers. It also soothes, calms irritated skin and it is suitable for both winter and autumn. People with an oily or normal skin type can also use this at night during wintertime, but people like me with a dry skin or if you have dehydrated, you will need more moisture at night.

The packaging is very simple, and cute box design.

Full list of ingredients:
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, *Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Umnantes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycereth-26, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glycerin, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Citrust Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Jojoba Esters, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Coplymer, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Disterate, Polysilicone-11, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Cholesterol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Palmitic Acid, Kaolin, Poloxamer 235, Ethoxydiglycol, Tocophersolan, Poloxamer 338, Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
(*organic farming ingredients)

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Cream has cream texture. It melts and sinks into the skin within seconds. Due to its gel texture the formula doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, however its definitely and intense moisturizing cream.

Once absorbed it give a soft supple look to the skin without making it shiny.

For more information please visit Innisfree Website:

Where I Bought?
관악구 봉천동 862-1번지 라붐아울렛 B126호

Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 2:43 PM

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Real Pure Aloe Etude House

Hello everyone! These days, I find my skin drying up again, and as always I will blame the weather! Winter is coming closer these days, so the skin has needs of a modified skincare. My skin tends to be very dry in cold winters.
You know aloe vera is good for skin, so last month I bought a Aloe Moistfull Real Pure 92% from Etude House (에뛰드하우스). I got this from the Etude House Korean store in Gangnam for only 5,900 Won. That's affordable price, right?! Etude House is a popular brand of Korean cosmetics. So, today I'm going to review and share with you about how awesome Moistfull Aloe Real Soothing Gel 92 really is! I actually buy this aloe gel specially for autumn season.
OK, let's get on to the packaging!

The packaging is made from plastic, strong and safe. So I don't need to worry if I drop this jar, as long as I close the jar perfectly. I love the green color of the packaging, and it is pretty much that simple. It is a large quantity, provided in a tub the size of a huge bowl. I won't have to repurchase for awhile because this tub will probably last me until next year. This product contains 300ml of moistfull aloe real soothing gel. The price is a reasonable so totally worth it with my budget.

This product contains 92% of aloe vera. Extracts from aloe vera are widely used in the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries, being marketed as variously having rejuvenating, healing, or soothing properties. Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel, so it`s perfect for anyone with an oily skin complexion.
For women who use mineral based make-up, aloe vera acts as a moisturizer and is great for the face prior to the application to prevents skin drying. For men: Aloe vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.

On the buttom of the tub, they have descriptions, directions, cautions, ingredients and volume of the products in both korean and english. There's a product description at the bottom of the tub. Just zoom in to see the long list of ingredient as well.

This Gel can be use in 8 ways: moisturizing or mask pack, makeup base, after shaving, hair, relaxing swollen eyes, nail, body, relaxing sunburn. In terms of weight, this has to be by far, one of the heaviest skincare products I own. It’s really solid and bigger than the palm of my hand.

How to use:
Apply appropriate amount to dry , sensitive parts of the face and body for best results.

The first time I opened this jar, I was amazed by how fresh and pure this gel looks. It is totally transparent but since the packaging is light green it gives a very nice light green tint to the product. The generous amount in one tub, I can use it in so many ways. Oh, I can see the cover on top of the gel to protect it from damaging, but I personally threw it out right away when I finished taking these pictures because i thought I didn't need it. ㅠ.ㅠ There is no spatula is provided in the product, I think it's unhygienic to use your bare hands to scoop the product. I suggest using a small spoon to keep the product germ-free or leave the product in the fridge.

This gel have a light texture and not sticky. It's also contain baobab tree extract, this product is really natural and not contain chemicals and other dangerous ingredients. The expired is 12 month after opening, I'm really sure that I can finish it before 6 months because I not only use this as a facial moisturizer, but also as a body lotion and it works great both ways! It helps me on treating dryness amazingly, and it is very soothing and it makes my skin feel so smooth, cool, fresh, and soft. But, if you put on too much you will feel a little sticky, but it will go away once it absorbs into your skin. I have dry skin, so I use this everyday after the shower, and I apply this on my face after washing and before applying make-up. If you only use it for your face daily, it should last at least a year. Hahaha!
This Moistfull Aloe Real Soothing Gel is a very light moisturizing gel which you can use every day because it is so comfortable for the skin and I find it very soothing especially when used during summer. This Aloe Moistfull is highly recommended for people who don't like that sticky humid feeling especially in the summer and this aloe moistfull gel can you use for any skin type.

I wash my hands, and apply good amount of this product on my hand. As you can see here, that's how it looks like on my skin. 
The texture is just like real aloe vera gel: a thick, watery texture. It melts right away onto the skin and gives a refreshing and cooling effect. That generous amount can cover my neck and arm area. As expected, it is a clear gel type product, which is cooling and feels moist and hydrating. It needs a couple of minutes to absorb, but it leaves your skin bright and supple.

This sinks in pretty fast and did not leave any residue at all, it just feels cool, and tender. The nice smell and the cool feeling of the product on my skin makes me want to snooze off right away. It's really relaxing and refreshing! I love this product and I have been using it every night since I bought it, no irritation or breakout occured. Really nice product! I'm so glad I discovered it! Hahaha.

Overall, I really love the Aloe Moistfull line from Etude House, and I think it's suitable enough for my dry skin. I would also recommend this line to those who have dry or irritated skin because this line is very soothing and it has done great things for my dry area. It really help soothe, alleviate, and moisturize the dry and irritated area of my skin. Okay, I guess that's all for the review, thanks for reading and I'll talk to you on my next post!

에뛰드하우스 강남점
서울 강남구 역삼동 821-1 강남역지하상가 A17-A19

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Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 12:44 AM

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Etude House Why Not Me Perfume

Hey everyone, I'm here back to review Etude House's product Seven Special Moments "Why Not Me" Collection. 
There are 7 kinds of scents available in the range. I bought myself "Why Not Me" as it's more preferable to me among all the scents. The perfume volume is 20ml (0.71 fl. oz). The perfume comes with different packaging color for the respective kinds to coordinate with the themes, and it should fit the “Name” of the perfume.

The outer packaging of the Etude House Why Not Me perfume is gorgeous, as expected. The Why Not Me packaging is in sweet brown with pink hearts and I think it fits very fabulous. It represents a cute, romantic, sweet, lovely style which suits the name very good.

Product information:
Name: Eau de Perfume
Type: Why Not Me
Volume: 20ml
Price: 12.000 Won

Ingredients in Why Not Me Eau de Perfume:
- Alcohol
- Fragrance
- Water
- Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate
- Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate

Anyway, I hardly review perfume as I am really not that great describing scents, but I like this one very much, so I will try to share my opinion with you!
At first, I thought that "Why Not Me" would be the worst scent and I wasn’t sure whether it suited me. But I find it too sweet, however, after using it for a few days, it really grew on me. It’s a little strong when I first apply it, but the scent that lingers is quite fresh and elegant. Well, lucky I'm not choose the wrong perfume, so this is certainly my choice! =)
My first impression was: “Oh my god! I stand at flower garden.” When I first sniffed it, I can smells a hint of floral musk. A lot of floral fragrances can smell too stinging my nose, but this one is very unique, complex yet feminine. 
For me, it has an invigorating scent that will energize your day, and the scent totally gives me image of autumn as the flowery scent overpowering the other elements that are included. I would describe the first note as a fresh floral scent. Why Not Me perfume is sweet, feminine, lovely and subtly sexy. Well, this perfume really surprised me!

Etude House "Why Not Me" Eau de Toilette lingers for an impressive amount of time. If I put it on in the morning, I can still smell traces of it four to seven hours later. The scent is very strong so I suggest you, when you buy and use this perfume, don’t spray too much. If you overdo it you’ll smell like a drugstore. Spraying two time will be enough for the whole day. Because if you spray more you’ll get a headache because the scent is heavy and stays long. So please be careful with this perfume, I think they made the bottle with 20ml only because of this reason because the perfumes have a strong and heavy scent.

The bottle it fully glass so you'll probably need to be careful with that. I think it will break easily but that’s how perfumes are. The bottle itself is very simple only the “sticker or label” on it makes it special again but the rest is simple, very simple for my liking.

Overall I like this perfume, it's smells really good and very suitable for the upcoming winter! If you like perfumes, I’d recommend to at least try one of these. If you like sweet, floral perfumes this could be yours! However, if you can’t stand florals, it’s definitely not for you!

Each perfume corresponds to a key moment of a love relationship, with names such as Why Not Me, Fresh Me Up, Love Me Forever, Before You Go, No More or the clearly more suggestive Bite me and Take Me. 
So, here's what the different bottles smell like:
- Take Me = Powdery floral musk
(Sensual and luminous fragrance with a touch of femininity – Very irresistible)
- Fresh Me Up = Floral fruity 
(Greetings by the bracing morning dew! Revitalize your day with a scent of energy)
- Love Me Forever = Fresh floral
(Recall the memory of pure love with a pure scent of love)
- No More = Green floral
(Fill your spirit with energy that’s like a fresh breeze from The Mediterranean Ocean)
- Before You Go = Fruity floral
(The pink emotions of a girl who is falling in sweet love)
- Bite Me = Citrus
(Refresh your mood with a touch of fresh Grape Fruits – Open the bright burst of citrus!)
- Why Not Me = Floral musk 
(Inspired by love and romance – the scent of true love)

Well, if my ordinary description does not tick your fancy, I urge you to give it a try at a shop if you get a chance. It is such a distinctive scent! It lasts about 9-10 hours on me with 2 or 3 sprays.
Anyway, have you tried any perfume from Etude House, and whats your favorite?

에뛰드하우스 강남점
서울 강남구 역삼동 821-1 강남역지하상가 A17-A19

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Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 1:06 AM

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Delicious Gold Kiwi Fruit Juice

Hello there and welcome to my new post!
Stopped by Platform L By Alfredo Coffee (플랫폼알프레도) Shop on last Saturday, I've been here a couple times and have gotten different drinks. I was really excited about having a fresh juice place near my office friends. This place is wonderful and awesome. It's very best priced compared other coffee shops in the Gangnam-gu Cheong. I highly recommend the Platform L By Alfredo Coffee Shop. 
This became a very regular place for myself and friends to drink. Over all I really enjoyed my time here, also the atmosphere and ambiance of the cafe. The staff is kind and friendly amid the chaos and have always given me good recommendations. I can't say anything bad about this place, other than the fact is gets busy.

I ordered the Gold Kiwi Juice (골드키위주스) and my order was ready in less than 10 minutes. I can't refuse and decide to try a Gold Kiwifruit Juice, because gold kiwi fruit contains a high level of vitamin C, almost twice as much as an orange. They’ve also been known to be good for digestion, respiratory issues, cleansing and energizing. One more thing, I really liked how I could see the staff make the smoothies right in front of my eyes.

WOW!!! The gold kiwifruit juice was fantastic, and amazing. The drink served quickly too. A medley of refreshing and crisp flavors. I think I’ve found a new go to drink to enjoy this autumn. It’s refreshing, sweet and slightly tangy. They’ve also been known to be good for digestion, respiratory issues, cleansing and energizing.

Gold Kiwifruit Juice uses the freshest and finest gold kiwifruit to be 100% naturally without any preservatives. The gold Kiwi tastes similar to melon. I really appreciate a juice place that charges less than 6,000 Won a drink. This kiwi fresh juice is secretly delicious, even though it's little sweet for me, but really perfect juice to surprise others. Oh, and the seeds in this fresh juice adds a great texture to the juice, and the people would definitely love texture while quenching it.

Fresh gold kiwifruit juice are the best way to beat dehydration level in our body. The benefits of gold kiwi fruit for the skin are also many. The biggest benefits of kiwi fruit on the skin are that the vitamins, specifically vitamins C and E, have astringent properties. They not only lighten the skin tone but also help in tightening the pores, helping the skin appear younger than it really is. Gold kiwi juice nutrition data shows a high amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium in the fruit. 
Apart from that, kiwi fruit nutrition facts also show that the omega 3 fatty acid contained in the kiwi fruit seeds can help you improve heart functioning. There is also considerable amount of carbohydrates and fiber in the juice, and therefore, this is an ideal drinking option if you are looking to lose some weight. 

In the end, I want to say the gold kiwi fruit juice was super tasty and I will definitely visit here again! 

강남구 논현동 107-45 유원빌딩1층.

Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 4:22 PM

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Natural Ice Apple Mint Cream

Hello friends! Today I am going to review Nature Republic Natural Soft Ice Apple Mint Cream, it's a moisturizer from Nature Republic. I bought this about two months ago and have used it for everyday since autumn and my skin is so dry. I look disgusting and I need to moisturize! Everyone wants good skin, right? I hate to admit that I really spend a lot on skincare and cosmetics. Well, knowing that I spend a lot of money, so it's my pleasure to review and share with you guys! =) 

Nature Republic is a Korean brand and available for the world outside of Korea. I think you can purchase it on eBay too. If you are in South Korea, Nature Republic is everywhere, from subway stations to subway exits. They often have 30-50% off "Nature Day" sales as well so you should look out for that. So far I have never seen this cream go on sale, probably due to its popularity.  
Natural Soft Ice Moisturizing Cream came in two types: Sherbet type Green Tea Cream and Jelly type Apple Mint Cream. 
Grean Tea Cream is designed for oily and combination skin type, and its green tea extract brightens and creates clear skin. Apple Mint Cream is for neutral and dry skin type, and its mint scent provides fresh feeling to skin.

 Product Description: 
- For normal and dry skin. 
- Elastic jelly type enables instant permeation into skin and offers instant moisture and soothing effect to create moisturized skin. 
- Mint offers soothing effect and vitality to tired skin. 
- Contains pure glacier water with full of mineral and active oxygen to take care of healthy and moisturized skin.

This is the lead and lid look of the product. This cream is for dry skin and it contains 90ml of the product. From effects to name to package, everything about 'Natural Soft Ice Moisturizing Cream' was inspired by icecream.
Find out what ingredients in Natural Soft Ice Apple Mint Cream! 
- Apple mint leaf extract
- Lime peel extract
- Lemon grass extract
- Lemon extract
- Grapefruit extract
- Lime extract
- Orange extract
- Kiwi extract

Anyway, I was attracted by the name 'Ice Apple Mint Cream' so I want to buy it, and "Ice Apple Mint" sounds unique to me! Hahaha. =) Apple Mint Leaf Extract can use for revitalizing to the tired skin. Pure Glacier Water (Full of mineral and active oxygen) can use for deliveries intense hydration.

One thing more, an interesting fact about this product is the thermometer sticker. Special inked label is attached to side of package, and it changes the color as the temperature chages. When kept in refregirate, natural soft ice moisturizing cream provides cooler and fresher feeling, immediately soothing the irritated skin from strong summer heat and hot temperation. According to the Nature Republic Employees says that the thermometer will turn into blue if you put this product into refrigerator. I did, put it into the fridge for about two hour but it doesn't turn blue or any color. I guess I need to put it into fridge for longer! Hmmm...

This is the look of the cream! It is elastic jelly type that claims to provide instant moisturizing and soothing effect, and this is a memory foam type. If you don't know what is memory foam, after you dipped and take out some of the product, it actually goes back to how it looks like, as if it's new.
Here's a shot, so you could see clearly the product. It really looks like edible jelly, right?

How to use?
- At the last stage of skin care in the morning and in the night time, apply a moderate amount according to skin texture gently.

This cream spreads easily and provides a nice cool and mint sensations. The more you spread and massage the cream into your skin, the more watery it becomes. Elastic gel type allows the skin to absorb better and offers instant moisture and soothing effect. It's fresh apple scent is relaxing and not overbearing. It has made my skin look healthy and glowy for the last two months. I currently reside in Seoul, and the weather here is becoming dryer as the winter season begins. This cream has kept my skin hydrated. It has a light fresh and apple fragrance that I can't really describe and it absorbs easily into the skin. Some other cream will leave you with an oily sheen, but this is not like them. I love the smell of it so much that I look forward to applying this, and it gives me a temporarily cooling feel, as if I am receiving a facial in a spa. The smell along with the feel makes application of this cream very relaxing.

Tip to use
- Keep in a refrigerator and use when sticker of thermometer next to the container turns to blue color. If you cool down the temperature of this product, you will have more instant absorption and cooling feeling. 

(Apply in twice with a moderate amount in the daytime) 
- Quantity decides stickiness or refreshing feeling of gel cream. Apply cream in twice with time difference during morning makeup and in the day time to remain more moisturized skin with moisturizing veil effect.

(Apply as sleeping pack before sleep)
- After cleansing PM, apply skin care and apply Natural Soft Ice Cream more generously than usual before sleep as sleeping pack 1-2 times per week for more moisturized.

Well, this is definitely one of my favourite purchases. It is an awesome product. I highly recommend this to people who love fast absorbing, non oily film and fresh apple scent creams. I choose Nature Republic because product developed according to the great nature’s beauty secrets and uses extraordinary nature ingredients from all over the world. The smell, the consistency and effect afterwards, really fills your skin with freshness of nature. =)


Christin Tomntins
Tom and Tins, Updated at: 5:48 PM