It’s been a while since I did a k beauty sunscreen review. I have picked up a few over the last months and started to put them to test.
Today will be a full review of Kao – Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ 2019 Edition. This is a very popular k beauty SPF which my fellow skincare enthusiasts love.
What the brand says
This updated version of Biore’s most loved UV Aqua Rich Watery Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ is powered by the innovative Micro Defense formula to prevent uneven application. The colorless essence forms an invisible waterproof shield on skin without feeling sticky. Hyaluronic acid, royal jelly and other moisturizing ingredients keep skin comfortable and hydrated. Excellent as a primer!
Type of sunscreen– chemical
I have been using this sunscreen in the mornings as the last step of skincare before makeup. It’s lasted about 3 weeks. When I’m working from home I would also use it for reapplication.
I have not experienced any irritation
What I liked: this gel cream goes on so easily and spreads evenly on the skin. I feels so hydrating on the skin and absorbs to leave a dewy finish. It’s got new generation chemical filters which offer better protection. This has a high PA rating 4 so you are also getting excellent UVA protection. It’s got hydrating and antioxidant ingredients for hydrating and added protection against pollution. It layers so well over serums and creams and doesn’t pill when reapplied!
Is it invisible on dark skin? This sunscreen is 100% invisible on dark skin. No flashbacks
What I didn’t like: has a strong scent of alcohol but this doesn’t linger too long
I can see why this SPF is so popular! I used the 2019 version and this formula is great. A very nice gel cram texture that feels hydrating on the skin. This sunscreen offers excellent protection against the sun plus the added hydration and antioxidant ingredient make it a well-rounded formula.
I will repurchase.
Kao – Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ 2019 Edition is £7.26 on Yesstyle
MISSHA – All Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++ promises to block both UVA & UVA rays whilst moisturising and reducing blemishes. It offers a refreshing feel and a non-sticky light weight texture. Missha is a very popular j beauty brand and this would be the second SPF I have tried from them.
My experience with this SPF has been positive. The texture feels refreshing and cooling on the skin and has been a pleasure to use in the heatwave we experienced last month. I have experienced no irritation from this.
It is a very lightweight texture, I wouldn’t call it a gel but more like a serum-gel/lotion hybrid. This one doesn’t have ethanol as a second ingredient which I also really like. It meant that even though it had a matte finish, it wasn’t as drying as some of the others I have used. It does still have ethanol but it is much further down the list. Initial application seems like this would leave a white cast on dark skin however it doesn’t. After it absorbs, it dries down completely invisible and offers a matte finish. This SPF would be better suited for oily skin or normal skin in the summer. I know I stopped using it for a while before I did not like the matte finish however as the weather got warm I welcomed it.
My 2 cons I have for this product: 1. Again with the previous Missha SPF 45, this product also came half full. 2. If you are like me and love to slaughter on SPF this isn’t great for that. This SPF pills when you apply too much or when you don’t let our moisturiser sink in for a few moments before one. I have experienced horrible pilling in the morning when I have when layered this on top of my moisturiser and run out the door
I do really like this SPF: it has a beautiful lightweight texture and feels light on the skin however it is something I would only use in the warmer months. I would definitely recommend for oilier skin types. This is 100% invisible on the skin. It pills so I would recommend layering smaller amounts or waiting for your moisturiser to completely sink in before layering this on top.
Now that I have finished testing the Asian SPFs I got back in March I will be working on my edit to summarise everything and give even more suggestions.
I have now tried 5 Asian sunscreens from YesStyle. 3 were amazing but the other 2 were not. Today’s post will be a full review and demo on the OMI Solanoveil Protect Face Milk SPF 50 PA+++. This is alcohol-free and has ‘beauty care’ ingredients like hyaluronic acid and arbutin.
The texture of this sunscreen is extremely lightweight and runny, I don’t think the ‘milk’ texture describes it well. Unfortunately, this sunscreen is not suitable for dark skin and it leaves a very tell-tale white cast on the skin. It doesn’t feel extremely matte on the skin. I got this after watching a review on YT and they commented on how invisible it was on the skin. The Youtuber was white however I do also watch her other videos as she has used quite a lot of Asian sunscreen reviews. I got some of the other SPF’s she has used and they were fine on my skintone. If you have white to light skin this sunscreen may be able to work for you. It’s one of the few Asian sunscreens I have come across that is alcohol-free.
Not suitable for dark skin unless you cover it with makeup however it may have flashback. I wouldn’t recommend it as there are other SPFs that are 100% invisible. I am getting 4 more Asian sunscreens to test out before I start working on my Asian sunscreen edit. For now, you can check out the other Asian SPFs I have reviewed: Missha SPF 45, OMI Waterproof SPF 50
For western sunscreens, see my sunscreens for dark skin edit here
OMI Solanoveil SPF 50+ PA+++ Protect Face Milk is £7.39 on YesStyle*
Sheet Masks are face shaped fabric (sheet) masks that are usually soaked in a serum packed with beneficial ingredients. As with the usual masks, they target a range of concerns and you choose the depending on what you have. It’s trendy at the moment because of the very interesting selfies you can take with them and more importantly K-beauty (Korean Beauty) is becoming increasingly popular in beauty regimes everywhere! Want to know the best sheet masks for all skin types? Carry on reading!
There are tons of sheet masks on the market nowadays with almost every brand jumping on them. I love them because they are very convenient and travel-friendly and I love discovering all the different types they come in. the only issue with them is the size, it’s a one size fits all kinda deal (you can’t get it on a small or medium lol) so obviously if you are on the extreme ends of the scale you may not find a comfortable fit.
I have tried a lot but I have stuck to a few brands and repurchased these as I found them very effective and a good fit. Check out the reviews I have on sheet masks below
It’s quite obvious I love the sheet masks from Sephora! They have so many different types and I am slowly making my way through them! Because they are not available in the UK, I tend to bulk buy when I’ on holiday and there is a Sephora (they do however ship to the UK)
I have also repurchased the Garnier Tissue Bomb Sheet Mask many times, used it during a flight and back home.
The Boots Ingredients Sheet Mask was something I recently discovered in Boots. They had a good range and I am planning on using them and reviewing them pretty soon!
It’s a fun trend and definitely, one I recommend you try, especially for long haul flights or just have fun with them at home!
Hi guys! I hope all is well. This post will be a full review on the new Tissue Mask from Garnier. The tissue mask aka sheet mask is part of the new Moisture Bomb collection which launched a few months back! Check out my post here, at the time of writing this wasn’t available.
Garnier describes the mask as a ‘super hydrating revitalising mask’ that intensely rehydrates and reduces the look of fine lines. It’s been formulated with pomegranate extract and Hyaluronic acid and supposed to deliver 1 weeks’ worth of moisture in just 15 mins! It’s also suitable for sensitive skin.
The mask smells divine and it’s very easy to put on. The blue side faces outward and white side on your face then peel the blue sheet off. It’s large enough and fits the whole face quite nicely. The eye and mouth areas are cut out at the right places too. You will have to fold the mask around the chin area. I didn’t find the mask slipping/moving whilst I had it on. I just pop it on and carry on with my day! E.g. I have one on now as I write this blog post! Sheet masks are great for a quick mask session and when you’re too lazy to doll a full skincare routine. There’s no need to rinse, after taking it off, I simply massage the rest of the serum into my skin and allow to dry, then I carry on with the rest of my routine.
I didn’t experience any breakouts or irritation with the mask.
If you are a #sheetmask fanatic you have to get this mask! It’s amazing, it certainly leaves my skin moisturised and very smooth! I’m probably on my 4th purchase by now! I used this on a recent long haul flight and apart from the very funny looks I got (lool) it did really well to keep my skin moisturised! And because there’s no need to rinse, you can use this any and everywhere! I can’t wait to try the rest of the Moisture Bomb collection now. If you have dry skin, I will defiantly say this is worth a try!
At an amazing price point, you can’t afford to miss this. Be quick though, it almost always sold out in stores!
Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask is £ 1.49 and available from Boots. It’s worth checking frequently as it’s almost always on offer for 99p (LIKE NOW!) then grab loads (which is what I did lol). You can also get this in Superdrug.
If find out more about the collection and Garnier, please visit the website
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