Review – Mizon Water Volume EX First Essence

Essence is very crucial step in the korean skincare routine. It is a diluted form of serum, which preps the skin and allows greater penetration of products used afterwards.

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My skincare routine changes throughout the year, but one thing that doesn’t change is the essence I’ve been using. I have been using the Mizon Water Volume EX First Hydra Essence for almost a year now and still have about 1/4 of the bottle left. This baby is really value for money, and has amazing effects too!

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The review:


Application & feel – Watery and clear liquid. Although water, it leaves a layer of moisture after application.

Results – Keeps your skin hydrated and controls sebum production. It also doesn’t feel greasy. It is good on its own in a tropical country, or layered in drier climates.

Ingredients – from CosDNA, does not have any alarming or harmful ingredients. Fragrance is also very mild. I often do not like skincare products that are heavily scented.

Who would I recommend this to?  All skin-types. It is lightweight enough for oily skin-types, or layered on for drier skin. Definitely one of the essences you have to try!



Get that glorious glow – Sheet masking

I’m starting a series called ‘Get That Glorious Glow’. It’s a series of posts sharing with you tips on how to achieve dewy & glowy BARE skin.

So firstly, I’ll talk about… SHEEEEET MAAAASK!!!! They’re something that I’ve been doing 2-3 times a week. They are absolutely awesome, let me tell you why:

  1. They moisturize. My skin used to be dry and flaky, but now it’s amazingly soft and supple! Concealer used to cake up on my face between my skin flakes, but it applies so smoothly now.
  2. They are so relaxing! The scent, the cooling effect and the fact that you have an excuse to just chill for 20 minutes
  3. Contain different active ingredients to brighten, nourish, moisturize etc. Take your pick!

Well, enough of the reasons, let me show you some masks that I have been enjoying!

Etude house therapy air mask


Contains rose extract and niacinamide, which helps to whiten skin. Use for brightening and moisturizing effect. This mask is a comfortable cotton that clings to the face. It has a mild scent, very relaxing in my opinion. Out of all the ingredient choices, the lemon and Rose masks have the best effects on me. My skin becomes significantly brighter after using them.

Ingredients list on CosDNA, has nothing that particularly scares me.

Would I purchase again? Yes, these masks are affordable enough to use daily and produces results!


Klairs rich moist soothing mask

This Klair’s masks has a luxurious thick cotton, soaked in creamy and thick essence. It’s definitely more luxurious than your normal everyday brands like Etude House or Innisfree. This mask provides immense hydration and the next morning, I have a natural and beautiful glow! I purchased them on Wishtrend: 25 for USD23.48. Best price I’ve seen so far!

(Ingredients on CosDNA).

Would I purchase again? YES! It’s a higher-end mask at an affordable price and I love it!

Shelim Ultrahydrating essence mask

This Shelim mask has a thin cotton sheet that adheres tightly to the face. The essence is however quite watery and dries out quite quickly. It’s very cooling upon application, and quite moisturizing. It’s not the best mask, but it’s affordable (AUD$1.60).

Would I purchase this again? Probably not, I’d rather get the Etude House Therapy Air mask, since they’re about the same price!


Welcos Jeju natural volcanic mask


This is another everyday type of mask. It says for ‘pore care & sebum control’. It doesn’t really decrease pore size or control sebum, but it is very moisturizing! The only thing with this is that it contains parabens – and that’s something I try to avoid in my skincare products.

(Ingredients list on CosDNA).

Would I purchase again? No, because it contains prabens. What a pity, because this is such an affordable mask, which comes with sooooo much essence, and also moisturizes my skin very well.

Etude House 24K Gold Therapy Black Pearl Mask


Hydrogel maks are awesome because you can leave it on your face longer (the essence does not evaporate as quickly) and also they fit better on my face. This Etude House one comes soaked in so much essence you can actually wash the mask then soak it again for a second use. I like how lightweight the essence feels, and how quickly it absorbs into my skin. It’s also very cooling upon application. But I don’t really see my skin brightening after using this mask. It’s sold on ebay for AUD$5.41 (quite pricey for one time use).

(Ingredients list on CosDNA).

Would I purchase again? No, honestly, it’s not the best brightening mask out there. The Lemon Therapy Air Mask from Etude House has better effects than this. I only love this for its hydrogel material and cooling effect.

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Please comment and share with me any sheet mask recommendations you have. I would love to try out more sheet masks!

Christabel ♡

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How I get ready fast

It’s the morning again and you have to rush off to work or lecture. Who has the luxury of 30 minutes to get ready? But you have to look presentable somehow… Here are my few tips to help you get ready quickly in the morning, when you’re still half asleep!


Start off with a clean & radiant canvas – Cleanse. Tone. Hydrate

This is the most crucial part. Never overlook skincare’s importance! Start with a smooth canvas and your make up will apply flawlessly. In the morning, a foam cleanser is good for getting rid of the oils produced throughout the night, plus it gives me a morning perk! Next, I mist my face with toner (have been using the Cosrx AHA/BHA one).  While waiting for it to absorb in, I get changed into my outfit. Then, moisturize!


Mix BB cream and moisturizer/ face oil for a dewy look

Combine BB cream with moisturizer (or oil even – I use rosehip oil!). This creates a dewy look when applied. Use a beauty blender, or even just your fingers to pat it in. Lastly, cover up any discoloration of your skin with a concealer.


Brush on bronzer for a healthy look and emphasize the V-line of your chin

Lightly swish on bronzer using the 3 method (side of face) – cheekbones, temples & jawline. Lastly, apply bronzer on the eyes, for a quick and natural eye look.

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Add a quick flush to your cheeks and lips!

Use a lip tint or lipstick and dab it on the apples of the cheek. Then blend to keep it natural. Use that same lip color on the lips and you’re ready to head out!

‘No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up!’

Have a good one, friends!

Christabel ♡
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