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.


  •  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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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




Double cleansing with Pink Cosmetics cleansing balm : Makeup Melting Cleanser

Pink Cosmetics Cleansing Balm

A while back I asked Janet if she doesn’t have a cleansing balm without coconut oil, my skin can’t tolerate coconut oil, it breaks me out. As busy as she is running Pink Cosmetics she made me one without coconut in it…THANK YOU SO MUCH JANET!

Pink Cosmetics Cleansing Balm

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Tiam My Signature C Source Vitamin C Serum Review

Vitamin C Serum

A few months ago Tamsin from Glow Theory (The biggest K-Beauty retailer in SA) was so kind to send both myself and Shamiela a hamper each of selected products to cater to our specific skin concerns, mine being very dry/ dehydrated skin and light pigmentation. Glow Theory is best known for advising the most appropriate products for your skin care concerns. Mine is pigmentation and one of the products’ I was sent was the Tia’m My signature csource vitamin c serum

*Although this product was gifted all opinions are my own and result photo’s are all true.

Vitamin C Serum

Not being one that has really been into skincare ( but when you have a bestie like Sham, you will start living your best skincare life) this vitamin serum has been lying in my infamous bag (ask Sham) of unused beauty products for a while. The beauty market has taken a huge shift and focus on skincare has grown exponentially. Cue all the K-Beauty stores you know find on instagram.  A special focus has been on targeted skincare/ skincare with high percentages of active ingredients. Many older family members have asked me over the past few months what they can use for “die bruin merke” and I always said Vit C Serum, as this is something I learnt from listening to all the advice that is given on the group.

Benefits of using a Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is an anti oxidant that neutralizes free radicals caused by exposure to certain conditions including pollution and UV Rays

  • Anti Aging – Stimulates collagen production, softens fine lines and wrinkles while preventing new ones from forming
  • Hyper pigmentation – Fights hyper pigmentation by preventing melanin production, so it will lighten dark spots but doesn’t lighten the overall skin tone
  • Brightens skin appearance
  • Lightens dark spots left behind by acne ( acne scarring)


The packaging states:

Tiam My Signature C Source delivers a multitude of complexion benefits for beautifully healthy skin. Pure Vitamin C refine, brighten, balance, and tone skin for a radiant appearance.

I always had dull skin, but since using the serum my skin is visibly brighter and even the area around my nostrils that were always red and dark (that I didn’t know were dark until now hehehe) has become much more clearer and my skin tone is also more even and not as blotchy anymore .

 How to and when to use your vitamin c serum

Vitamin C can be used in the morning or in the evening, for the first few days I applied it in the morning and the next few days in the evening. I personally prefer using it in the evening because it makes my face very shiny, so shiny that my father in law asked me what I had on my face.

I apply the serum after cleansing and let it absorb for 5-10 minutes and then I apply my moisturiser, when I apply it in the morning I put on my moisturiser and the my sunscreen .

Things I learnt:

  • Store your serum in the refrigerator, Vit C – This serum is L-absorbic aci,which is pure vitamin C and can become oxidized when exposed to lengthy exposure to light.
  • A tingly feeling is normal
  • Can be applied to your whole face


You can purchase this serum fro Glow Theory for R310

Vitamin C serum is light yellow in colour, once it turns a darker shade of yellow this means it has oxidized and can no longer be used.

I wish I had known about things like vitamin C serum, when I was much younger so I could start using it as a preventative measure instead of a remedy for my pigmentation.

If you have tried this please let us know your comments below

If you want to learn more about this product or any other product that Glow Theory stocks you can come check them out at our Beauty Squad Expo 2019 in OCtober, tickets can be purchased here