1 May 2016

Double Review: Innisfree Eco Science Cream & Lotion

 
I recently did a review on the Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream-my current favorite day lotion- and mentioned that I needed a more potent moisturiser during the dry, cold winter season here in Korea. I was hesitant to try a thicker, richer moisturiser as these generally wreak havoc on my skin because they tend to clog my pores and even burn and irritate my very sensitive skin. But after seeing the Innisfree eco science products popping up all over my social media last year, I decided to give it a try.

The eco science line consists of the following:

  • skin (toner)
  • lotion
  • serum
  • wrinkle essence
  • essence
  • eye cream
  • cream 

I purchased both online at the Innisfree minishop on Gmarket. The cream is KRW28,000 for 80ml and the lotion is KRW23,000 for 100ml.

What it promises:
"The anti-ageing cream/lotion that combines Jeju marine plants with Bio Seaplant Science to fortify the natural strength of skin."
 
Packaging:
The cream comes in a pot, which isn't the most hygienic type of packaging, however considering how thick it is, it makes sense that it doesn't come in a bottle with a pump dispenser like the lotion which is much thinner in texture.

 

Texture and Scent:
The cream has an incredibly thick and somewhat sticky texture. I was pretty surprised when I saw this as I was convinced this would breakout my skin something awful! It's hard to place, but I'd say the texture is something akin to petroleum jelly (but less greasy) mixed with a typical moisturiser.

The lotion is pretty much the same as the cream, but formulated to be much lighter and more runny than the cream. As a result, it also absorbs much faster. Both products have the same citrus/ medical sanitiser/ herbal scent which isn't too great to be honest, but luckily it disappears after absorption.

 

My Thoughts:
While this line is technically for anti-ageing purposes, I found that it was a lifesaver during the winter period when my skin was extremely dry, sensitive and often wind-chafed. The thickness of the cream actually did wonders to regenerate and heal my skin during the night and the lotion was light enough to use as a day moisturiser under my makeup. I found that my skin felt softer and looked healthy and glowing after just a few days of use and didn't experience any breakouts or irritation. I would caution against using the thick cream under makeup though, as it will cause your foundation to oxidise horribly and leave your skin looking rather oily.

It's not often that I find products that genuinely protect and nourish my skin during winter, so I was thoroughly impressed with how well these two products performed. The pricetag is a tad higher than other Innisfree skincare products, but considering the quality and how long they last I am happy to fork out the extra cash. Two thumbs up for these superb products Innisfree, you deserve it!
xo









1 Apr 2016

Review: Mizon Pore Clearing Push Out Volcanic Gommage

 

Today I'll be reviewing the Mizon Pore Clearing Push Out Volcanic Gommage (which means 'to erase or exfoliate'). I've always liked clay masks since my skin has always been on the oily side and they're pretty good at reducing oil and clearing out pores. I also really like the Mizon brand as their All in One Snail Repair Cream is a product that has served me very well in the past. I purchased this online at the Mizon minishop on Gmarket for KRW12,400 for 60g of product.

What it promises:
"Volcanic ash extract from Jeju island absorbs excessive sebum and skin wastes to tighten pores"



Packaging:
Straightforward plastic pot with a twist top, but no spatula is provided, so if you don't like dipping your fingers you can always buy one at cosmetics or dollar stores. 



Texture and Scent:
After my disappointment with the horrid texture of the Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask a few years ago, I was very pleased to see that this mask has a lovely, creamy texture. It's so simple to apply and dries pretty quickly, but is still very easy to rinse off after wetting your face and massaging the product into the skin. Anyone who's tried a clay mask knows that the scent is nothing to write home about as it tends to have a slight wet soil smell to it.



My Thoughts: 
I didn't really expect much from this clay mask, if I can perfectly honest. The price was good and I was simply looking for a bit of pampering, but was pleasantly surprised to see that this mask actually works pretty well. Instead of leaving it on my skin for the recommended 3 minutes, I left it on for about 10~12 minutes and after rinsing, my pores were unclogged and my skin was left feeling fresh and baby soft. It didn't tighten my pores as far as I could notice, but I don't really have a problem with particularly enlarged pores, so it's not really something I care about too much. 

While this mask isn't particularly drying, it is meant for oily skin, so I would advise against using it if you have dry skin as it could exacerbate it. As for those of you with oily or combination skin, I highly recommend trying this.
xo


























24 Mar 2016

Review: Etude House BIG Cover Cushion Concealer in Shade 'Vanilla'

 

January 2016 saw the launch of Etude House's BIG Cover range which includes several types of concealing products, including a Concealer BB, Cushion Concealer, Cover Stick Concealer and a flocked Tip Concealer. I'm a huge fan of concealer, so was pretty eager to test this new range as I had tried the Surprise Essence Concealer as well as their Surprise Concealer Kit back in 2013.

Today I'll be reviewing the Cushion Concealer in shade 'Vanilla' which I purchased in-store for KRW11,000 for 5g of product. 

There are six shades available:
  • Illuminating (for an illuminating effect)
  • Mint (for redness)
  • Peach pink (for dark circles)
  • Vanilla #17 (general concealing)
  • Beige #21 (general concealing)
  • Sand #23 (general concealing)
 

What it promises:
"Cushion Concealer includes a finger cushion puff to cover flaws naturally anytime, anywhere with customized correcting color for complete flawless skin" 

Both products are SPF30/ PA++

Ingredients:
Water, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cetyl
Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Propanediol, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Disodium Edta, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Isostearate, Stearic Acid, Adenosine, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ozokerite, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Fragrance

 

Packaging:
So admittedly, the packaging is very gimmicky as 'cushion' everything has been all the rage since 2014. The actual finger cushion puff isn't much different to the normal flocked tip version, except for the fact that it is dome-shaped and has a click button to dispense the product. I suppose it is nice for stippling the product around the eye area, but I still need to use my fingers or makeup brushes to blend the concealer properly. I also think the tip has the potential to become really gross after a while, so unless you're gonna use this up quickly, it might not be the most hygienic option for you. 

 

Texture and Scent: 
So here's where I simply have to applaud Etude, because the texture and coverage of this concealer is a vast improvement from the previous ones I've tried. I love how creamy and dewy it feels on my skin right after application, particularly the under eye area where I predominantly use it to brighten up my skin. However, as soon as it dries (which is pretty quickly, so application should be done fast) its flaws start showing up. It has a matte finish and anyone who's into concealing knows what a bitch a dry formula can be, as it cakes up on dry skin and settles in the lines around your eyes- never sexy. There's a mild baby power/floral scent which disappears soon after application, so it shouldn't be a problem for those who are sensitive to fragrance.

   
My thoughts:
I picked the shade Vanilla since it's one shade lighter than my natural skin tone and thus creates a natural brightening effect. I do love that it gives plenty of coverage to hide my dark circles and it does a good job of brightening up the under eye area, but I really dislike the awful matte finish. This is not Etude House's best formula to date; after a few hours of wear it really does exacerbate the look of fine lines under my eyes. As for the rest of my face, it works just fine, so it's kinda hit or miss with this one. 

I am quite impressed with the staying power of this concealer and also find that it's better at covering blemishes than other concealers in that it doesn't exacerbate flakiness despite being such a dry formula, but I won't be replacing my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer just yet. Used as a general concealer, this product should be fine, but if you specifically conceal around the eyes, this stuff is a definite no-go. 


xo
 














13 Mar 2016

Review: Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream


After returning to Korea in August last year I've been on a total cosmetics binge that has led me to discover some awesome, and at times, truly godawful products. I've never been much of an Innisfree fangirl, mostly because I'm a total sucker for cutesy packaging (... I know, I know) but I'm so glad I finally jumped aboard, because their skincare products definitely fall under the former.

Their green tea line as a whole is quite big and consists of 4 lines that are formulated for different skin types i.e.
  • 'Green Tea Fresh': for oily skin
  • 'Green Tea Balancing': for normal to combination skin, and
  • 'Green Tea Moisture': for dry skin
  • 'Green Tea Seed': for dehydrated skin
  • There are also extra care products which include a sleeping pack and mists.

Today I'll be reviewing the green tea balancing cream that I've been using since I got here, and have twice repurchased, since my husband is also crazy about it. It retails at KRW15,000 for 50ml of product. Do note: Innisfree has monthly membership sales that can see the sales price drop by as much as 50%, so look out for those.

 

What it promises:
"Enriched with squeezed green tea from the pure Jeju island to deliver abundant moisture and nourishment deep into your skin.

This moisture cream is formulated with pure moisture from our freshly squeezed green tea to retain long lasting dewiness." 



Packaging: 
Eco-friendly, low carbon polypropylene pot. Pots aren't the most hygienic forms of packaging since you need to dip in your fingers, but this isn't a deal-breaker for me. Also, you can purchase a separate cosmetics spatula at your local dollar store if you are particularly concerned about contamination.

 
Texture and Scent:
When I think of cream, I tend to visualise a heavy texture and abundant moisture but the texture of this is quite thin and watery/ gel-like, which means it absorbs easily and never feels too heavy on my skin. I wear it under my makeup without any exacerbated oiliness and the scent  is really lovely and fresh!


My Thoughts:
I really love this cream. It provides lightweight moisture and leaves my skin feeling dewy and supple, however when winter arrived I quickly had to switch over to a more intensive moisturiser as this wasn't quite enough to combat extreme winter dryness. As for spring, autumn and summer, it works just fine on my combination skin and didn't cause clogged pores or breakouts. Definitely a staple in my skincare routine and highly recommended.


xo





23 Apr 2015

Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in 32 Light Beige


Hey lovelies! I've been so bad at posting regular reviews, but I've just felt awfully uninspired lately with everything that's been happening and changing around here; and since blogging is something I do for my enjoyment, I simply don't blog when I'm not feeling it. But anyway, I'm back and today I've got a review of the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream for you! This is the second CC cream I'll be reviewing; the first was the Banila Co It Radiant CC cream that I reviewed almost exactly a year ago, but as you will soon read, these two products differ like night and day. For the record, CC stands for Colour Correct or Colour Control and as such CC creams can be used both as a makeup base or as a foundation depending on whether they provide any coverage or not. I bought mine at Clicks for around ZAR140 for 30ml, which is pretty affordable. There are four shades to choose from, sadly none of which are suited to darker/non-Caucasian skin tones. I got shade 32 Light Beige but I'm thinking 31 Ivory might be better for the upcoming winter months, although I must note that all the shades tend to cater to warmer skin tones, so if you have pink undertones you might battle to find a shade that works for you.  My skin is neutral, which means I have both warm and cool tones and I only just mange to make this work on me.


What it promises:
"The next generation of foundation! Combining:
THE COLOUR CORRECTION OF A FOUNDATION:
Thanks to its 3 colour correcting pigments that smooth away imperfections
. APRICOT pigments > anti-fatigue
. GREEN pigments > anti-redness
. WHITE pigments > anti-dark spots
+ THE SKINCARE ACTION OF A CREAM:
24 hr hydration
SPF 15

Result: luminous complexion & flawless skin in one step." 

Ingredients:

AQUA (WATER),CAPRYLYL METHICONE,DIMETHICONE,ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE,METHYL TRIMETHICONE,PEG-10 DIMETHICONE,PROPANEDIOL,ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE,SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE,DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER,DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE,PHENOXYETHANOL,SODIUM CHLORIDE,BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE,DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE,PARFUM (FRAGRANCE),PROPYLENE CARBONATE,TOCOPHERYL ACETATE,ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN,CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT,PANTHENOL,SILICA,ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE,ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE,LYSOLECITHIN,CITRIC ACID,SODIUM CITRATE,AMYL CINNAMAL,BHT,PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE,TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE,PANTOLACTONE,PHENETHYL ALCOHOL,TOCOPHEROL,PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE. [+/- (MAY CONTAIN):CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE),CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES),MICA,CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES),CI 77288 (CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS)].13BMT006-1
 


 

 Packaging:
Plastic tube with a pointed nozzle, which is fine, except for the fact that product tends to run out of the nozzle and into the cap which, as you can imagine, causes quite a mess and, consequently, succeeds in disturbing my delicate sensibilities as I am a self-confessed clean freak.






Texture & Scent:
The texture is very light and runny which is typical in light to medium coverage products and it has a pleasant fruity-floral scent that lingers for a short while after application. It is quite opaque, so I'd say it falls more under foundation-type coverage rather than tinted moisturiser. I find that this product applies well with fingers, beauty sponges and foundation and stippling brushes.
 


 


My thoughts:
From the moment I tested this at the Bourjois stand I knew it was going to be one of my favourite foundation-type products. It feels light and breathable on my skin and has a lovely, natural finish that is neither too dewy nor matte, which makes it good for all skin types. I would however suggest that oily skin types use a powder to set this product as it might turn a bit shiny by the time midday strolls along. I think this is a particularly good product for ageing skin that tends to be on the dry side and an absolute gem for winter months. As far as the colour correction claims, it performs well and covers the redness on my cheeks and around my nose, but doesn't do anything whatsoever for pigmentation spots. The 24 hour hydration claims are also a bit over-the-top, but I won't nitpick too much as this CC cream really is deserving of all the praise it's been getting. Definitely recommended!



xo









18 Mar 2015

The (Pretty Big) Reason I Dyed My Hair Brown Again



Surprise! I'm a brunette again!

I'm not gonna lie, I loved being blonde. It took me two years of growing out my natural hair after colouring it every shade between jet black and auburn brown from the age of 15, so when I had to make the decision to go darker again I was more than a little sad about it. Yes, going blonde tested the absolute limits of my hair's health and the damage done to it almost reached a point of no return, but it was such a refreshing change from the same ol' brown I'd gotten used to.

Thing is, the reason I went brown has absolutely nothing to with my hair's health or personal taste, but a rather big (and to many people a very unexpected and perhaps shocking) decision that my husband and I have made. We've decided to return to Korea and this time we're not coming back to South Africa.

After living here for the past seven months we've realised three important things:

1. We simply cannot adapt here. Most of our adult lives have been spent in Korea and we no longer feel like we fit in or belong here. Too much has changed since we left the previous time and we simply aren't willing to live in the current circumstances. I think once a person has experienced a certain type of lifestyle, it's hard to go back. I will always love this beautiful country, it just isn't my home anymore.
2. Sometimes you need to learn a lesson the hard, painful (and very expensive) way before being propelled to make better important life decisions. Despite our best intentions to settle here, we just couldn't fall into a particular type of life that isn't meant for us. We bought a house and lots of furniture and spent a lot of time, money and heart trying to build a life here and at the end it was all for nothing. Yes, I've cried about it, but I'm not one to dwell on the negative. I'm just thankful that we're going through this now, rather than later in life.
3. There's no exact recipe to life. You've gotta do what makes you happy. We aren't all meant to live the exact same life, different things work for different people and that's okay.

So yeah, in a few months my husband, myself and (of course) our three cat children will pack up our lives again and move to the other side of the world. "So what the hell does moving have to do with dyeing your hair brown?" you may ask. Well, Korea sucks at dyeing hair blonde. Simple as that.  :)

xo

19 Feb 2015

Review: NYX Matte Lipstick in 'Shocking Pink' & Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'Addis Ababa'


As a former lipstick-hater I think it's time to finally admit that I am now obsessed with the stuff! It has taken some time and experimenting with different brands and types, but I've finally found my happy place when it comes to lippy. Firstly, let me say that NYX is one of my favourite drugstore makeup brands out there. Their prices are affordable and the quality of their products is just superb and often on par with high-end brands like MAC. Today I'll be reviewing their Matte Lipstick and Soft Matte Lip Cream (I prefer matte products because of the staying power and the fact that less shine means fuller-looking lips). As far as I know NYX is available in South Africa at selected Clicks stores only.



 
What it Promises:
The Lipstick
"NYX Matte Lipsticks are highly pigmented, richly formulated and long-wearing. The formula glides on smoothly and stays put with a non-drying matte finish."

Ingredients:  
Bees Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla)wax, Ceresin, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Octyldodeanol, Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Oleyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Bis-Digylceryl Polyacyladipade-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, B.H.A, and Fragrance. MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77491), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 77492), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499), D&C Red No.6 (CI 15850), D&C Red No.7 (CI 15850), D&C Red No.27 Aluminum Lake (CI 45410), FD&C Yellow No.5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090), or D&C Red No.36 (CI 12085).

The Lip Cream
"Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip colour that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing."

What it is: Highly pigmented, matte lip cream
What it does: Creates various matte lip looks
How to use: Apply directly to lips, or over lipstick. Apply with lip liner to define outline of lips.

Ingredients: 
Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone,Beeswax, Glyceryl Behenate / Eicosadioate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone /Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isohexadecane,Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum. May Contain:CI77019 (Mica) / CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI15850 (D&C Red 6 Na.Salt), CI15850 (D&C Red 7 Ca Lake), CI15985:1 (FD&C Yellow 6 AlLake), CI19140:1 (FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake), CI45410 (D&C Red 28 AlLake), CI77491 (Iron Oxide Red), CI77492 (Iron Oxide Yellow), CI77499(Iron Oxide Black), CI77742 (Manganese Violet), CI77891 (TitaniumDioxide).

Packaging:
Both products come in standard black plastic packaging, no fuss or frills.



Texture and Scent:

Both the lipstick and lip cream have a really moisture-rich and creamy texture, which I love, since matte lip products tend to be a bit on the dry side and as such can be a bit difficult to apply- not to mention the drying effects on your lips. I wouldn't call these products full-on matte though, but rather creamy-to-medium-matte finish with an ever-so-slight shine that disappears after the product dries. While the lipstick doesn't have any discernible scent, the lip cream smells deliciously sweet and reminds me of candy floss and marshmallows- yum!


My Thoughts:
These two lip products are my all-time favourites to date! I love combining the two shades (as seen above) for a lovely bright lip that I've finally been able to pull off with confidence since going blonde.Their creamy texture is so kind on dry lips and the lip cream is actually quite moisturising. My favourite thing about them though is the fact that they wear unlike any products I've tried before. Even after eating and drinking this stuff manages to stay put and still look great which is fabulous to say the least! It takes a really special kind of formula to achieve this and NYX have accomplished this perfectly. I also love the fact that they're very pigmented, so what you see in the packaging is literally what you get. The shades available are so lovely, but unfortunately South Africa only imports a limited range which is a bit disappointing. All in all I simply cannot fault these two products and would highly recommend them to anyone.

xo










2 Feb 2015

Review: Essence Soft Touch Mousse Make-up- 02 Matt Beige



Hello lovelies! Today I'll be reviewing the Essence Soft Touch Mousse make-up. I've never tried a mouse foundation before, because I'd always imagined it would come out looking cakey and flaky on my skin, but at only R65 for 16g at Clicks, I thought I might as well give it a shot. The range comes in five shades: 01 Matt Sand, 02 Matt Beige (the one I bought), 03 Matt Honey, 04 Matt Ivory and 08 Matt Vanilla.


What it promises:
"The make-up range with a super delicate mousse texture gives your face a smooth and natural-looking matt complexion while allowing your skin to breathe freely."

Ingredients:
CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, SILICA, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, TRIBEHENIN, TALC, C30-45 ALKYL METHICONE, C30-45 OLEFIN, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, METHICONE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).


Packaging:
Standard glass pot with a screw top. Nice for dipping your brush, but not very hygienic if you use your fingers.

{Tip: Use a stippling brush, like this one for best results.}


Texture and Scent:
There's a very slight chemical scent to this stuff, almost like methylated spirits which I don't really like, but the bouncy, light texture is really lovely! It applies beautifully- even on dry, flaky areas and mattifies oily areas and leaves my skin feeling velvety soft.


My Thoughts: 
I have a serious love-hate relationship with this foundation. On the one hand, I feel like it has the best texture that I've ever experienced in a foundation as it has the ability to look great on every single skin type and texture. The finish is gorgeous and the price is a steal, but damn it, there are some flaws that are absolutely detrimental to this product. Firstly, the shades are way too limited and either cater for very warm/yellow skin tones or very cool/pink skin tones, but never neutral tones like mine. The shades are also a bit artificial-looking, so even if you do have a very warm or cool skin tone, you'll probably also have a hard time finding a shade that works for you. The second flaw is the fact that this stuff oxidises real bad. I am left with orange skin by noon which makes me feel awfully Jersey Shore-like. Um.... no. Just no. The last flaw was the ultimate kicker for me and that's the fact that this stuff is terrible for your pores. I broke out almost instantly and it took weeks to undo the damage. If you are prone to comedonal acne this product is a serious no-go.

I was left very disappointed with this mousse foundation as it has so much promise in terms of its texture and ability to work on dry, oily and normal skin types, but the composition is, sadly, very slap-dash and uninspired and it shows in its performance and quality. Not recommended.
xo






4 Dec 2014

Review: Glampalm Standard Magic Series Hair Styling Iron


I recently went blonde for the first time in 14 years and after all that bleaching and toning my hair has been feeling super fragile, dry and frizzy. My one-year-old hair iron (a Korean ghd called B2Y) which has been working pretty decently was leaving my hair feeling even worse and a burning smell was emitting from it while doing my hair, which immediately set of warning bells for me. So I went on the search for a new hair straightener- which anyone doing the same can tell you is no simple task as there are so many to choose from! There are pretty much three main competitors out there: ghd, Cloud Nine and a new player called Glampalm.

I knew off the bat that I wouldn't be repurchasing a ghd as their reputation simply isn't what it once was. Online reviews have been consistently negative and after testing my mom's ghd V Gold Series edition, I was left awfully underwhelmed as even my Korean version was doing a better job. I also had the misfortune of witnessing my hair stylist's Eclipse die, right as he was about to do my hair and he informed me he'd been having issues with it since Day 1. I also didn't want to take the risk with a Cloud Nine, because despite their great reputation for quality plates on their irons, they were failing in terms of their mechanical construction and as such many people have to send them in for repairs on a regular basis. My other option was a Glampalm and to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect of this brand as I had never even heard of them before. Almost every review I read online was good- which made me question their authenticity, but after doing a bunch of research and confirming that they are a legit company, I decided to take the chance and so I ordered the Standard Magic Series iron online at their website for R2300 (which is a few hundred bucks cheaper than buying from a reselling agent).

My Glampalm arrived by courier a few days after I ordered and comes with  two hair clips and a cute, black clutch bag that's perfect for when you're travelling. These all come in a lovely box that's lined with a silky fabric. I really appreciate nice packaging, so this was a delight!


What it Promises:

Right off the bat Glampalm creates massive expectations from me as they promise:
  •  "virtually NO DAMAGE"
  • "longer lasting results than competitor brands"
  • "hair is left in almost identical condition to the pre styling state while adding supreme smoothness and shine"
  • "enhances hair color, whether it may be natural or colour treated"
  • "a specialised vibrate mode on the standard stylers that keep hair frizz free for longer and also enhances product penetration so that you get the full benefit of serum’s and leave in treatments"
  • " hair is straight in just one slide with no need to go over the hair many times"
  • "there is absolutely no need to use a heat protector with a Glampalm"
According to Glampalm many of these qualities are attributed to the magical ingredient called Healing Stone, which is apparently found in the mountains of South Korea. I find this very amusing since I lived there up 'till just a few months ago. I never saw a Glampalm in Korea, so I wonder if the company is Korean owned, but only exports to other parts of the world or if (like my B2Y) Korea simply sells the same product under a different name, but I digress..

  
Features of the Standard Series Iron:
  • Ideal to Straighten & Curl Short to Medium length hair
  • Smooth styling for hair that is very curly at the root or very fine in texture
  • Hair stays straight and retains its style for much longer than any other hair iron on the market. Features unique Vibrate Mode that allows better product penetration (For Home Treatments)
  • 3 Meter Swivel & Pivot Cord for effortless styling and convenience
  • Safety Feature – Hibernation mode: Shuts off the iron automatically after 30 minutes if not in use
  • Emits Far infrared Rays & Anion Technology. Specialised Alumina Powder to enhance your hair color
  • Full two year guarantee and manufactured in South Korea

My Thoughts:

I've used the Glampalm a couple of times now and I must say, I am in love! It takes much less time straightening my hair and (dare I say) my hair is left feeling in better condition than before getting this little powerhouse styling tool! The vibrate mode was quite the strange experience the first time around as I felt like a complete newbie using my iron. I can't really see a difference with and without using the vibrate mode, but I can say that if you tend to press down too hard whilst straightening, you'd definitely want to use the vibrate mode as it prevents you from doing that- or at least that's what I experienced!

I can't really see any colour enhancement and on those humid and rainy days, the frizz still creeps up a bit, but the results of this iron last noticeably longer as I wake up with my hair still looking fairly good. I also like the fact that this is a no-frills-and-bows kind of product- it only comes out in the standard black colour, unlike so many companies that hide bad mechanics behind a pretty casing design. The price is still  a bit steep for my liking and I hope in the future we will see quality products at lower costs, because paying this kind of money still seems a tad excessive, but if this styler ends up lasting many years without faults I might retract that statement altogether ;)

All things considered though, I would recommend this hair iron to anyone who, like me, doesn't mind investing in their hair and appearance and who straightens on a daily basis.

xo
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