Cerave Brand Review

Cerave

Hi Guys. Last year August one of our group members headed to Vegas(thanks Jolene)and generously offered to buy me some skincare.I will be forever grateful to her walking in the middle of the night to Walgreens to get my fix of the Cerave range.?

What attracted me to Cerave was the hyaluronic acid and ceramides in their products.  There products are fragrance free and affordable. I think I paid just under R1000 for these 4 products and the bottles are huge!

Cerave

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Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

cosrx snail mucin

I received this product a few months ago as part of a skincare bundle gifted by Tamsin from Glow Theory.The same time I received the vitamin c serum from my previous post,click here to read my review. Due to dehydrated skin being one of my skin concerns, the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin power essence or as I affectionately call it, COSRX Snail Mucin, was what she recommended me to use.

cosrx snail mucin

If you are as clueless as I was when I started using K-beauty products, I wouldn’t blame you for asking what the heck is an essence, and then imagine weird scenerio’s in my head hahaha ( think Dark Crsytal vibes lol). my understanding now though is that it is ultimately the same as a serum. Like serum = western beauty and essence = Kbeauty.

The COSRX Snail Mucin a very lightweight product with a sort of slimey consistency. I like to kid that it is “slak juice”(snail juice) and clasp my hands together for it to have like a spider web effect hehehe

*Although this product was gifted all opinions are my own

cosrx snail mucin texture

Benefits of using this product

The COSRX Snail mucin consists of 96% snail secretion filtrate and now need to freak out by thinking about crazy things like I mentioned above hahaha. The snail mucin for COSRX products is harvested by the snails being placed over a mesh net in a dark and quiet room. The snails prefer this environment because they are nocturnal animals.  They are left alone to freely roam the net,for about 30 minutes, leaving mucin in their trails.

Snaill Mucin contains many beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, glycoprotein ezymes and copper peptides. These ingredients all make snail mucin effective in the following;

  • Repairing skin damage(think of snails being able to repair their own shells)
  • Evening skintone
  • Fading hyperpigmentation including acne scars
  • Firming and Tightening the skin
  • Boosting Collagen and Elastin production
  • Hydrating skin

Just for balance because the list of benefits is not long enough, snail mucin has antimicrobial properties which help fight off acne-causing bacteria.

WHAT DOE THE COSRX SNAIL MUCIN CLAIM?

  •  To visibly repair and revitalize skin
  • Help with skin concerns such as acne scarring, dehydrated skin, early sign of aging,
  • To leave you with healthy, glowing, moisturised skin

Whenever I had breakouts, I was always left with dark marks/discolouration where the pimple once was but since using this product( in conjunction with my other products) I no longer have this issue. I won’t be able to say if it is was only due to the product as I haven’t used it on its own(without other serums  in my routines) but since adding  it to my routine it has taken care of this problem. Although I am not anywhere close to perfect skin as yet , I definitely have a slight glow in my skin and I am loving it.

 WHEN TO USE YOUR COSRX SNAIL MUCIN

I use this essence as part of my morning routine, after cleansing and before moisturiser. I apply it to damp skin and pat it in to help it absorb properly.

PRICE:

This Serum can be purchased from Glow Theory for R330 

If you have tried this please share your experience in the comments below

cosrx snail mucin snail

Until Next Time

Peace and Love

Coco

Empties Squad Edition 1

Empties edition 1

One of my favourite parts of my job is getting to trail and test products so I can share my thoughts. Trying out new products all the time also means that I don’t really get to finish products that quickly, hence why it has taken me this long to actually be able to complete a post like this. This is the first edition of our empties squad and we are hoping to make it a regular feature on our blog.

Empties edition 1

Majority of these items were sent to us via press drops but we do not earn any commissions or payments for our comments below.

Moisturisers:

My skin is so dry even Spongebob is jealous of it because it wins employee of the month at the Krusty Krab every month so I tend to go through lots and lots of moisturisers.

 

empties: MoisturisersMineraline Clarify Step 4 BHA Night Cream R 275.00 Dischem:

What I enjoyed about this cream is the active ingredients included in it,that works very well in addition to the other products in this range. It has a very thin consistency and gives a slight tingle when you apply it to your face.

Dermactin Anti-Aging Facial Cream with Matrixyl 3000 R 315.00 Dischem:

A very thick luxurious facial cream that I thoroughly enjoyed as you lather it into you skin you can already feel it moisturising your skin and keeps it moisturised. The active ingredient in Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Pentapeptide) stimulates the growth of new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid which aids in refilling wrinkles naturally from within the skin.

AA Hydroalgae blue: I received this in my Glamore cosmetics make up workshop goody bag a few months ago, I unfortunately don’t see it on their website anymore but there are a few other products that are similar. This product was a nice and nourishing moisturiser, it feels “wet” when applying and very refreshing, however because m skin is so dry it didn’t really do much for me in the sense of  remedying the dryness but it did keep my skin nice and moisturised. So for someone with normal skin this would be a great product.

Toner:

Previously I didn’t really consider toner as a very important step in my skincare routine. I used to think it is to clean the remaining dirt from your face after cleansing until Shamiela explained that if your cleanser is good you shouldn’t have any dirt left on your face after cleansing. I then cut out toner from my routine until I received this product( click here to see how I use it)

Empties : Toners

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem skin toner with Tamarind and Tea Tree Oil: Some people don’t need to use toner but I definitely do, I can see a huge difference in my skin when using a toner vs when I am not using a toner. I am not too fussy when it comes to toner as all the toners I have used have given me the same results and nothing really extra about the different ones I have used. This toner

Facial Oil and Anti-Aging Serum:

empties: facial oil and anti-aging serum

Physicians Formula Argan Oil R 279.95 Dischem:I have been using this product as a mix with my stick foundations to make application a bit better and smoother. Althought his product did what I needed it to do essentially it is just argan oil in a fancy bottle and is not really worth that price tag, as I ‘m sure you will be able to find it cheaper elsewhere.

Dermactin Anti-Aging Skin Serum R315 Dischem: As with the facial cream I spoke about above this product is really a great product. I mainly used this for my day serum(which I have since replaced with the CosRX snail mucin) and I was very impressed. Using it with the facial cream also made it that much better and I could see visible results from using this.

Facewash: 

I forgot to take an individual pic of this product but it is in the pic above.

Mineraline Clarify Deep Cleansing Facial Wash R 179.00 Dischem:

Although this face wash contains amazing ingredients such as salicylic acid and does an amazing job of cleansing the face, it really just is such a let down because of the strong chemical smell, everytime I used it I would cough because I just couldn’t stand the smell of this product.

Body Butter:

Cantu Softening Body Butter, I received this in a press drop from Cantu and are unfortunately not available in our stores I haven’t really used Body Butters because of the price in comparison with a body lotion, which I assumed served the same purpose, boy was I wrong and you know what they say about assuming lol. So who is going overseas that can bring me a tub with them please?

Empties Body Butter

 

This product surprised me so much, when applying it to your skin you know you are being moisturised from head o toe, your skin feels silky and smooth. It even helped keep my husbands’ eczema nice and moisturised so it didn’t itch all the time. This is most definitely a product that I will be repurchasing the moment it hits our stores.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂

 

Until Next Time

XOXO

Coco