Needle Cream?! Bella Monster APA Cream Review

OUCH!

Yes, that’s the first thing I’m going to write for this review. BB Cosmetic sent me the APA Cream from Bella Monster for a review a few weeks ago. I didn’t know anything about the cream before I got it and I was really intrigued after I saw that it contained natural microneedles! APA stands for amazing peeling attack but also it’s how you would  say ‘ouch’ or ‘it hurts’ in Korean. I’ve seen other brands that had microneedle cream and serums, but I was not really interested in getting it for myself. However, it was sent to me, so here I am a review for you.

Microneedling

This cream uses similar micro needling therapy to help skin exfoliation and improve the skin texture. Microneedling is a technique in skin care that punctures the skin and wounds the skin so that the skin generates collagen and thickens the skin. This is a great for acne scars or wrinkles. I wouldn’t go as far as saying the APA cream having the same effects as a micro needling tool, but I would say it’s a good way to start see and feel what it would be like.

Packaging & Formulation

The packaging comes in a plastic squeeze tube and the design looks like a pharmaceutical cream. The cream is a white-ish cream and if you put it to the light it has a grainy surface. The micro needles are naturally derived, from and ocean sponge (hydrolyzed sponge). The other exfoliating ingredient include papaya extract. It also has centella asiatica and squalene. The formula also has contains a BM complex which is a mix of different seaweed that moisturizes and protects the skin.

Effects

I’m not joking when I say that it hurts. I didn’t read the directions at first (I’m a dummy) and I rubbed it on my face and at the same the moment I sounded a little yelp. It feels like needles, I’m not going to lie and say it’s pleasant. When you apply the cream you should tap it in the skin and also avoid the eye area. Even after you tap it in when you touch your face you can feel the needles poking. Now, does it work? Yes. I think the cream is moisturizing and its not greasy and as for the ‘amazing peeling attack’ I can say it’s not like your typical peeling cream or scrubs. It does smooth out the skin and I’ve massaged it into pimples and it has helped it go down lot more quickly. Also, this doesn’t contain any chemical exfoliants, so I think this is a good cream to try for those who are allergic or sensitive to them. Yes it hurts, but it hurt in a good way and for a good cause, shiny skin! I recommend that you apply the cream at night though because putting on makeup after this is going to keep on hurtin’ because of the micro needles already in the skin.

Would I purchase this for myself? Probably not. I don’t think I need it in my skincare routine, I don’t have very large pores, scaring, or deep wrinkles. It would definitely be a fun product to try though. If you have tried microneedling before this could also be an interest you. Or if you are afraid of needles and want similar effects of microneedling then this cream is for you. Anyway, my final point is that I don’t think this is a necessity.

For 40mls/1.35 fl.oz. it costs $14.82 on the BB Cosmetic website, you can get it for a little cheaper by using my code ‘sarahomgb‘ at the checkout.

Beauty is pain… Would you be interested in trying this cream?

Slow Down Your Wrinkles! 🐌✨ Double & Zero Double Care Solution Mask – Gold Snail Review + BB Cosmetic Discount Code

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog if this is your first time, and welcome back if you’re a regular! This is going to be my first snail product review! Long, long time ago I used to a snail cream and it didn’t work out for me, so I never bought a snail product after that. However, since it’s a new year I thought I’d try it again. I’ve tried one other Double and Zero mask, The First Prestige Cream Mask Royal Propolis which I am absolutely in LOVE with! When I got that package from BB Cosmetic I was really excited to see if the double solution line was a good as the first prestige cream one.

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The double care solution mask box comes with 10 masks and an ‘Introller’, a roller ball face massager. There are 7 different kinds of masks to choose from which are Alaska ice water, hyaluronic acid, black pearl, collagen, goat’s milk, gold snail, and bamboo. The gold snail one catered for wrinkle care. Each mask contains 10,000ppm of premium snail juice (just kidding, but not really) but not very much of gold, only 0.1ppm. Other ingredients include panthenol, shea butter, argan tree kernel oil, squalene, ginseng, propolis (yay!), and ceramide. It also has a patented ASD Complex+acetyl hexapeptide-8 (Argiriline) which is a synthetic anti-wrinkle cosmetics ingredient. Combined together you get the ‘Actress Formula’ that’ll plump up your skin like a k-drama actress!DSCF0846

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The sheet itself is made of cellulose so the sheet was saturated with the ampoule. It’s a woven type mask and it’s on the thicker side. I fit well on my face and didn’t fall off or moved around. The roller ball was a nice accessory to go over the places that dried out more quickly and also helps with the absorption.  There’s 30g of product in each mask so there was a lot left over in the pouch, which I patted more onto my face and neck afterward. The smell is pleasant and not over-powering. My skin looked a little brighter and plumped up after taking the mask off. Also, it was very moisturizing. However, it did feel a little sticky.

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I really liked using this mask just as much as the first prestige ones. One time use isn’t going to be enough to see results, but continuous use will probably help your skin get rehydrated and look more youthful. You can purchase this at BB Cosmetic for under $15.00 and if you use my code ‘sarahomgb‘ you will get to save a little more extra money! Just to let you know, I don’t profit from you guys using the code so use it freely as you like. They have tons of great stuff and reasonable shipping prices so check out their online store! jb

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll come back for more beauty posts like this one~xxoo

The ‘Bride Pack’ 👰🏻 – Double & Zero The Prestige Cream Mask- Royal Propolis 👑🐝

Happy Wednesday y’all! I’m going to be reviewing a sheet mask in this post. I got a ten pack box from BB Cosmetic and I have been using the Double & Zero Royal Propolis pack since last Thursday. This mask is self proclaimed the ‘wedding mask’ or the ‘bride pack’. I’m not getting any time soon but I do like the idea of prepping my skin for a big day such as a wedding. Also, it says on the packaging that one mask is equal to the effects of one jar of soothing gel cream. Thus far from what it claims it better be amazing right? Keep reading for what I think about it!

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There are 4 different Prestige Cream masks you can choose from, Royal Propolis (soothing), Bird’s Nest (hydrating), White Truffle (nourishing), and Black Caviar (tightening). The main ingredient in the Royal Propolis is propolis (10,000PPM), royal jelly, aloe vera, bisabolol, and Baikal Skullcap extract. If I did my math 10,000ppm can be converted into 1% and one percent of 30g is 300 miligrams, so this much of propolis is in one pack. If I did this wrong I’m sorry hahaha. Anyway, propolis is a natural antiseptic and helps rebuild damaged skin cells, which is great for acne prone skin. Royal jelly, similar to propolis, has antibacterial properties and reduces wrinkles. Aloe is a skin soothing and hydrating ingredient. Bisabolol is a colorless and viscous oil that helps healing of the skin and is anti irritant. Last is Baikal Skullcap extract helps with acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

DSCF0283.JPGThe mask sheet is a microfiber sheet and adheres to the skin really well. The mask is on the smaller side, but not by a lot. The sheet holds a lot of essence and doesn’t dry out quickly. It also is on the thicker side so it has a nice density on the skin and feels like the sheet is soaked up with propolis soup :P. Another thing I like about this pack is the amount of essence that is in the package. after I took out the mask I poured out what was left over and it filled my whole palm and there was still a bit more in the package. So I put more essence on my mask and with the rest I used on my neck, décolletage, shoulders, and arms. SO MUCH ESSENCE. The essence isn’t sticky either so I was fine using it all over my body. The essence has a faint honey-floral smell which I like a lot.

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After one time my skin felt amazing… it was so soft and the dry eczema patch on the right side of my forehead seemed to calm down and 100% less flakey and dry. The next morning day my skin still felt soft and hydrated and my  makeup went on so nicely. I think I know why it’s called the ‘bride sheet mask’, it seriously preps your skin for the big day even if it’s the next day. I think the Royal Propolis mask is a great choice for brides who are stressed about their big day and need some intensive skin soothing relief. Even if you’re not getting married this is a really nice mask to try out especially if you have an event to go to the next day. I give this two thumbs up!

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You can purchase this at BB Cosmetic for $18.32USD and if you use this code ‘E3GWXIN81I‘ you can save 8% off your purchase until the end of October 2016. I hope you take advantage of this code and they have free standard international shipping too! Also if you’re ordering in the states you get free shipping with tracking no matter what 🙂 I LOVE FREE SHIPPING! Hahaha but most importantly they’ve got have a good selection of Kbeauty products so check them out~

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