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Tony Moly Cute Petite Bunny Lip Gloss Bar – Cherry

Published February 9, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

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The first word that springs to mind is Cute. As soon as I saw it, I had to have it. Just look at that super cute packaging.

It is made by Tony Moly which is a Korean brand that makes beauty products with super cute packaging. (see my review on their hand creams)

It is available in a variety of shades, but I choose the cherry one. Each colour has a different expression on the bunnies face.

When you open it up, it smells like cherry sweets.

These are more tints than full on colour.


The ones thing that surprised me, was how moisturising they were. They leave a lovely glossy sheen with just a hint of colour. Perfect for a day time look


If you are looking for a new full on lip gloss, this is not for you but if you just want a very relaxed no makeup look then these fit the bill. The cute bunny packaging always put a smile on my face whenever I use it.


Blinc Mascara

Published February 9, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

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For the last 20 years I have been trying to find a mascara that does not leave me with panda eyes after a couple of hours. 15 years ago I found one that was made by Colouring at The Body Shop but that got discontinued.

I have tried everything ranging in value from a cheap £2 to an expensive £25.

At a beauty show I discovered Blinc. I was very sceptical at first, but kept on hearing such good reviews, I had to try it. Am so glad I did. My hunt is finally over. This really is the best mascara I have ever used.

It comes in a cute little screw top tin, with a comprehensive instruction leaflet.

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A great brush, that can coat even the smallest lashes

This is the only mascara I will now use. No problems with flakes or panda eyes, just gorgeous long dark lashes that do not budge until you decide to remove them. Perfect for contact lens wearers. You can layer up the mascara as long as you leave 2 minutes in between for the mascara to dry.

It is so easy to remove. Just wet a cotton pad, hold it over your eyes and wipe gently. That’s it! The tubes come off in one piece, as pictured below. No tugging on the delicate eye area

Blinc Mascara - easy removal

Blinc Mascara – easy removal

The Blurb on the box – Blinc is the original mascara invented to form tiny water resistant ‘tubes’ around your lashes that add volume and length and cannot run, smudge, clump or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes. Only when you are ready, a combination of lots of warm water and gentle pressure, from your fingertips or cloth will slide the tubes effortlessly into your hand. No makeup remover required.



£16 from Pura Beauty Salon (

£22 from Harvey Nichols


$26 from Blincinc

Eve Taylor Lip Balm

Published February 8, 2015 by purabeautyblogger


Most of us have a stash of lipbalm knocking about in cupboards and bags. There is such a variety of flavours out there. But how well do they actually moisturise. Most are made with a form of liquid petroleum. Although not itself, it is a known comedogenic , that may block pores and lead to break outs.

I can not use any body lotion or cream with liquid petroleum/paraffin , as it blocks my pores and within a day I have lots of tiny spots. Not very attractive!

Liquid petroleum/paraffin  is used in lots of products as it is cheap and provides a barrier from the elements. So although it will help protect your lips from future damage. If your lips are already dry, it will not moisturise them.

Eve Taylor lipbalm is made of …..

Lipbalm ingredients

Lipbalm ingredients

Key ingredients: A blend of shea butter, beeswax and jojoba oils provide deep nourishment and hydration. Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide provide broad spectrum sun protection. Essential oils of Peppermint, Spearmint and Orange offer a

cooling and refreshing feel with a vibrant aroma.

And at only £4.79 you can afford to have a tube in each bag.

Available from Pura Beauty Salon


I have used the moisturising formula on dry cuticles, nose ( post cold ) and other dry patches as well.

Tony Moly Hand Cream – Apple, Peach, Tangerine, Banana

Published February 5, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

If you want a way to entice you to use your hand cream more often, these hand creams are the answer.

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They are made by a Korean brand called Tony Moly and come in super cute packaging.

They great thing about these, is that you do not forgo quality for cuteness.

They are lovely and rich and smell amazing.

Everyone who has seen them loved them and asked where they were from.

I bought these from

(Fast delivery and great prices)

The prices are very reasonable and make great quirky presents, that the recipient’s will actually use.

I will start with my personal favourite.

Peach anti aging hand cream 30g $3.30

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Peach and apricot extracts, full of lycopene, replenish the skin so that the skin stays soft and moisturised. A wrinkle improving element, Adenosine, is included in the product to boost the suppleness.

Review – It has the most wonderful smell and reminds me of peach melba dessert. The cream itself is very rich, but absorbs into the skin quickly leaving your hands delicately fragrances with a real peach smell.

I have already bought a other one of these for my stash.

Magic food banana hand milk 45ml $3.97

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Banana hand milk that focuses on rich moisturisation and nutrition.

Review – The banana hand cream comes in a cute banana shaped tube. I do not feel it is as rich as the other Tony Moly Hand creams. More of a lotion, than a cream.

It smells of banana milkshake and the banana foam sweets I had as a an artificial banana smell rather than a fresh natural smell of the other creams. People’s reactions to the smell are they either love it or hate it.

I think I am the only person who does not really like this scent. I like real bananas,  but can not stand banana flavoured food. And yet this is the most popular hand cream out of all of them. I have had to order this for friends and family.

Red apple hand cream 30g $3.70

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Moisturising touch full of honey and butter. Creates smooth and gorgeous hands after taking care of dead skin cells, cuticles and rough nails.

Review – The Apple hand cream has already disappeared.My daughter loved it so much, it is in her room.

The texture is lovely and rich. I can see why it is the one they recommend for dry skin. Even through it is really rich, it still sinks in quite quickly and you are not left with greasy hands.

It smells like sharp apples. the smell actually makes you salivate it is so yummy.

Tangerine whitening hand cream 30g $3.30

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This vitamin c abundant hand cream contains the extracts of tangerine, lemon and citron, and makes your hands moist and soft. It also contains an effective skin whitening ingredient – arbutin – which will brighten your hands by inhibiting the formation of melanin and dark spots.

Review – This has a very soft scent, that disappears quite quickly. It is still a rich cream that does deliver a lot of moisture to the hands, but as the scent is so slight, I feel I could be using any hand cream. The packaging is cute, but this is my least favourite out of all the hand creams.

These are great for everyday use. Good value for money and very moisturising with no greasiness. You can pick up paper straight away and not leave a trail of grease in your wake.

This is the only one that I have not repurchased. There is nothing wrong with it, just prefer the other fruit

I will be definitely be buying more of these. They will make great presents as well. something a little bit different.

Update: I have bought quite a few of these hand creams now and everyone who I have gifted them to, has loved them. I think I need to stock up

What do you think of these hand creams?

Which one is your favourite?

Memebox – Anti Aging Box

Published February 3, 2015 by purabeautyblogger

Memebox is a beauty box full of the best loved Korean beauty products at great prices.


This is not a subscription service, so you can pick and choose which boxes you would like.

They introduce new boxes all the time, full of on trend cosmetics, skincare, bodycare and haircare.

The box I am reviewing today is the anti aging box.


We are in the middle of winter and I thought that this box would provide much needed moisture to my face.

I was not wrong. As soon as I opened up the box, I saw it was bursting with creamy cleansers and moisture enhancing creams, serums and masks. They are all full sizes, so will see me through to spring, when hopefully the weather will improve.

Each box comes with a very helpful card that shows you how to use each product, which can come in handy when you look at the back of the products and the instructions are in Korean.

The products included are

Bory Wrinkle repair serum 50ml ($48)


Product description

This anti aging wrinkle repair serum works on the skin to remodel and rejuvenate the skins surface for the look of firm and supple skin. It contains EGF to enhance collagen production and Acetyl Hexa Peptide, a natural ingredient with properties similar to that of Botox, to relax the facial muscles and prevent the creation of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains co enzyme Q20 and Lipidue PMB to hydrate skin and lock in moisture and nutrients. Best recommended for those with aging, lifeless skin

How to use

On cleansed and toned skin, take 2 to 3 pumps of serum and apply onto the skin and neck. For best results, use daily, morning and night.

Key Ingredients

EGF, Lipidure-PMB, Acetyl Haex Peptide


My review

Texture – A very light gel/cream texture that sunk into my winter parched skin in seconds.

Smell – A slight floral smell that disappeared in a few minutes.

Thoughts – After reading the blurb on this product, I was keen to try it. All the beauty magazines are packed full of articles on how good peptides are for the skin.

After cleansing and toning, I pumped a small amount onto my hand and massaged it into my face. It absorbed very easily and left my skin feeling smooth and plump, with no traces of greasiness.

My lines looked diminished after a week of using this product.

I think this is a fabulous serum , which I will continue to use.

Esthetic House Collagen Herb Complex Eye Cream 100ml ($42)


Product description

Now you can have it all. This jumbo sized eye cream will give you the lifted look, the firmer feeling, and glowing radiance from around the eyes. The intensely nourishing formula contains marine collagen, herbal complex, and adenosine to lift, firm, define and brighten the area to improve visible signs of aging around the eyes, mouth, brow bone, neck and other areas that show signs of aging. Dab it under and around the eyes, around the mouth and brow area to blur the look of wrinkles and deep lines for the look of firmer, brighter, smoother skin.

How to use

On clean skin, take a dime sized amount of cream and smooth around the eyes, mouth, brow and neck.

Key Ingredients

Marine collagen, herbal complex, adenosine


My review

Texture – A light cream texture that still felt very rich.

Smell – A faint fresh smell that disappeared soon after application.

Thoughts – As soon as I saw marine collagen, my eyes lit up. I love the Elemis Marine collagen range and hoped this was comparable.

The cream took quite a while to sink in to the skin. Although that may be my fault, by using too much. I think the big tube makes you apply it more liberally. The light texture of the cream is great as it does not drag the delicate eye area.

I think this is a great cream for night time use as it really plumps up the skin, but I would not use it during the day as it I am always in too much of a rush to let it sink in before applying make up.

It is very economical as most eye creams are only 10-15ml, so this 100ml tube will last for ages.

Enesti Day to Day Pomegrante Acerola Foaming Cleanser 160g ($14)


Product Description

This daily pomegranate and acerola infused foaming cleanser effectively removes make up and oil, opens and de clogs pores, enhances skins elasticity and brightens up the overall complexion. The micro bubble gently yet effectively dissolves oil and makeup, rinsing away pore clogging surface debris, impurities and excess oil. it refines skin texture, brightens skin clarity and enhances skin suppleness and firmness.

How to use

Gently massage cleanser onto dampened face and create a warm lather. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Key Ingredients

Pomegranate extract, Acerola extract


My review

Texture – A very creamy texture that felt very rich and luxurious.

Smell – This smells delicious. I love the smell of pomegranates. It releases the scent when you rub it into your face.

Thoughts – I love fruity smells. This smells like the scent that is released when you cut open a pomegranate. It is not artificial at all. The cleanser foams up slightly and then turns into a milky cream when you add water. It removed all traces of makeup and left the skin feeling lovely and clean without making it feel tight.

Most foaming cleansers I have tried make my skin cry out for moisturise. With this one, I did not have to run to the shelf for my serums and creams. This suits my normal to dry skin, especially in these winter months when my skin needs a bit more looking after.

Puresmile Mask 5 pack box 23ml ($6)


Product Description

These facial sheet masks are concentrated with hyaluronic acid, vitamin e, collagen and other nourishing ingredients to address all your skincare concerns.

Pearl:Hydrates skin and locks in moisture.

Bee Venom:Softens and smooths the skins texture and delivers a radiant glow.

Snail:Repairs, renews and rejuvenates skin

Red Ginseng: Deliversvital nutrientsto the skin and enhances skin elasticity.

Vitamin: Revitalises and energises dull skin.

How to use

On clean skin, place sheet mask over the skin. Leave on for 15 minutes. Remove. Do not rinse.

Key Ingredients

Hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, collagen

My review

Texture – A sheet mask dripping with essence.

Thoughts – I am so glad I have discovered sheet masks. They are so easy to use and leave your face plump and radiant. I use these every week in the winter months

These masks have so much essence in them. I am sure with these 5 different varieties you will find one to suit you.

Tip – cut open the packet after you have removed the mask and rub the remaining mask essence into your neck.

Tosowoong Snail Natural Pure Cream 45ml ($26)


Product Description

This intensive skin repairing, anti blemish cream containssnail mucin, renowned for its regenerative properties. Snail mucin and galactomyces help to control excessive sebum production, the core of ll acne and skin blemishes, and support natural cell regeneration to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and other flaws. It is super concentrated to replenish, repair and moisturise to maximise the appearance of elasticity and firmness.

How to use

After applying moisturiser to the skin, take 1 to 2 dollops of the cream and massage into the skin, focusing on problem areas. Use daily, morning and night.

Key Ingredients

Snail mucin extract, galactomyces


My review

Texture – A light easily  absorbed cream.

Smell – This cream has no smell.

Thoughts – When I first came across snail creams, my first reaction was ewwwwhh. There was no way I was going to put that on my face. But after hearing all the rave reviews I gave it a go. It does not feel like snail goo. It feels like a normal cream.

After cleansing, toning and moisturising, I applied the snail cream to my face and neck. It absorbed into my skin quite quickly, but I felt it left and layer on top. I would use this as a night cream.

Overall Thoughts

This box contains some great products for dry/normal skin that is concerned with aging.

This Meme box cost $29 and the value of the box is over $136

Memebox is a great way to try Korean beauty products at a fantastic price.