[REVIEW] 9Wishes Rice Powder Polish

Polish, don’t Scrub!

There’s nothing I like more than the feeling of a polish exfoliator. Chemical exfoliants are great treatments and can be gentle ways to remove dead skin. But sometimes you want to remove a little more. You could amp your chemical exfoliation up but often times you run into a ‘plateau’ effect unless you use a stronger chemical exfoliator. Or the worst, a patch of dead skin. This why I keep a physical exfoliant on hand.

I’m lovin’ 9Wishes. The innovative Korean naturals brand has been pumping out some really fantastic and multifunctional products. Just a few weeks ago I posted my review of their Sun Moisturizer SPF50+/PA+++ which is a nifty high protection SPF that’s moisturizing and has a beautiful refining effect.

Today, 9Wishes brings us their Rice Powder Polish. It’s a thick, creamy textured scrub that has a very fine rice powder suspended in it. It melts onto skin to provide a moisturizing buff. It’s scrub mechanism is more like that of a microdermabrasion exfoliation rather than a regular scrub. I am ALL about this.

 

When it comes to microdermabrasion in general, things can be rough. Literally. On dry and damp skin, these really fine particles can be pretty irritating. I love the end results of it more than regular scrubs, but sometimes I feel like I pay a price for that baby smooth skin. But not with this goop. It’s waxy base turns nearly into a milk cleanser when you start massaging it into dry skin. You’re left with perfectly exfoliated skin without feeling dry, or even worse, irritated.

The Rice Powder polish smells faintly of rice with no fragrance added. This works great on dry patches on the body as well. I’ve even successfully added this to foaming cleansers to add a bit of a ‘kick’. Once water hits this polish, it starts to emulsify nearly into a milk cleanser! This isn’t only multifunctional (use before foaming cleanser as an oil cleanser/exfoliant) but is seriously moisturizing!

9Wishes Rice Powder Polish blew my expectations out of the water. You can pick the Polish up on sale right now at BBCosmetic for only $17USD! You can also use the code ‘facequench8’ to get an extra 8% discount!

[REVIEW] SWANICOCO Beer Bubble Pack

ANOTHER ONE.

Another Swanicoco product coming at ya. The Beer Bubble Pack. This oxygenating mask is designed to help restore circulation and help maintain pores.

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When I first read about this product, I honestly wasn’t super stoked. It doesn’t really sound like a fit for me. While it helps restore circulation, it’s main focus is pores. Circulation improvement comes from the oxygenating effect of the mask, but the key ingredients such as Fennel and Hops are antibacterial and more suited for pore problems. I got big ones, but you can’t change your genetics!

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Other ‘key’ ingredients include betaine, arginine, and allantoin. All 3 will help the skin maintain moisture.

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Application is… well… fun! You take a few pumps of the fragrance-free gel and smooth it over your face evenly. I was hoping for some sort of earthy/spicy scent, but all SWANICOCO products I’ve tried are free of any fragrance.

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In about 5-7 minutes of enduring tickling cheeks, you’re left with a mountain of foam ready to be washed off.

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Washing this mask off is tedious, as with any bubble pack. They’ll just keep bubbling, and bubbling… until finally, 3 days later it’s off.

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You’re then left with soft, circulated skin. I love doing this as a morning mask, either before a shower (for easy rinse off) or if I have a spare hour when I wake up. I’m always glowing and not stripped.

My only complaint about this mask is, the lack of benefit for it’s price. Just a dollar short from $20, I could load myself up with a few beneficial, more versatile sheet masks for the same price.

Overall I give this mask a 5/10.

Bubbles: super well!

Removability: poor

Scent: None

Benefit: soft, temporarily well circulated, glowing skin.

As a bubble mask I give it an 8/10.

[REVIEW] HUANGJISOO Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser: Anti-Trouble

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I love cleansers, I really can’t get enough of them because there’s usually something about them that makes it unique. Huangjisoo’s new daily foaming cleanser is no exception to this obsession.

Huangjisoo has been the hardest brand to find information on, like ever. They are owned by a parent company called New Feel (my cleanser was shipped from them as well) but I believe this brand has actually been around one time before but in 2017 they’re making a strong (and fabulous) comeback.

Let me explain, I found some posts on resale websites of products with the same name and very similar writing style on the package. These products were definitely more of a hanbang type product while the new, chic Huangjisoo is more mainstream.

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Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser comes in 5 different types: Anti-Trouble with Chamomile, Anti-Aging/Anti-Pollution with Omija, Deep Cleaning with Peppermint, Moisturizing with Oatmeal, and last but not least, Whitening&Brightening with Green Tea

I got to try the anti-trouble version thanks to 0.8L and Huangjisoo for my honest opinion. Lil do they know they get a full review of the product here as well as my IG post 😉 My first impression of this cleanser was actually made before I even got to try it out. Before I read anything or google translated any characters I spotted the English ingredient list. Which by the way, only contains ingredients that rate <2 on the EWG scale for safety. This is incredible, I have never seen a brand take a stance this strong. Even brands like CosRx will have ingredients that spike at a 3 or 4 (though not often).

Here’s the list:

WATER, TREHALOSE HYDRATE, SODIUM COCOYL, APPLE AMINO ACID. LAVENDER EXTRACT, ROSEMARY EXTRACT. MUNG BEAN EXTRACT, CHAMOMILE EXTRACT, TANGERINE PEEL EXTRACT CENTELLA EXTRACT. ORANGE EXTRACT, LEMON EXTRACT, ALOE VERA EXTRACT. MULBERRY EXTRACT, GRAPEFRUIT EXTRACT, LIQUORICE EXTRACT. MAGNOLIA TREE EXTRACT PLANTAIN EXTRACT. ACANTHOPANAX EXTRACT SOPHORA ROOT EXTRACT. DANDELION EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, SCUTELLARIA ROOT EXTRACT, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, FRAGRANCE

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Ya’ll catch that 2nd ingredient? It’s a crazy powerful humectant (like glycerin or hyaluronic acid) which helps the skin preserve and gain hydration. The 3rd ingredient Sodium Cocoyl is actually one of my favorite cleaning agents, it’s considered to be one of the most gentle (arguably the most gentle a water based cleansing agent gets) on our skin’s natural barrier functions. This is amazing! However comes with a catch, being so gentle it doesn’t make the best makeup removing wash. But it fits in perfectly in the morning or as a gentle second cleanse at night.

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I also like the harmonious blend of ingredients they use. For instance Mung Bean is a great detoxifying ingredients alongside the antibacterial effect of rosemary, the soothing effects of centella and chamomile wrap this up into a badass cleanser. Honestly every ingredient in here has a purpose and a clear idea of the effect in mind as well.

I’ve been really enjoying this cleanser and recommend you check them out. Their products are definitely of a higher quality than many of the popular Korean skincare brands out there and you can tell from the first pump until you rinse clean to a dewy fresh face. I also noticed when washing it still made some bubble when rubbing water in. Unlike some self pump natural cleansers I have used! So I give this guy a 9/10 I really want to try their body washes after I use up the huge things of happy bath I just got. (Reviews of them soon)