Unboxing: April 2015 BDJ Box

Sad as I am to have my summer vacation over, coming home and unboxing my BDJ Box—my April 2015 BDJ Box—help put a smile on my face. This month’s BDJ Box is filled with awesome goodness that makes me wonder whether the BDJ Box Team knows when a bella needs a much needed pampering after days of frolicking under the sun. I mean, this month’s BDJ Box mostly contain items that one would normally buy once the tan lines have settled.

BDJ April Box Contents

Usual to beauty subscription boxes, the the April 2015 BDJ Box contains an assortment of brands, namely MyChoice, Tony Moly, Asian Secrets, Mustela, FS Cosmetics, and Revlon. Some are makeup while the rest are for skin and body care.

April 2015 BDJ Box

100g MyChoice Pure Herbal Soap worth Php 55
225g MyChoice Bubble Scrub Shower Salt worth Php 100
20g MyChoice Anti Acne Whitening Facial Cream worth Php 100
22ml MyChoice Perfume Spray worth Php 60

18ml Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Foot Mask worth Php 198
2ml appx Tony Moly Luminous Glow Aura CC Creamworth Php 1,098 per 30ml

100g Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Facial Scrub worth Php 120
6pcs of 20g Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Body Scrub worth Php 15 each

5ml Mustela 2 in 1 Hair and Body Wash worth Php 520 per 200ml
5ml Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion worth Php 790 per 300ml
2pcs of 10ml Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action worth Php 1,750 per 150ml

9g FS Cosmetics Lash Extravagance Mascara worth Php 350
7.5g Revlon Highlighting Paletterworth Php625

Product List and Description

Product List and Description

Impressions

Honestly, I’m quite happy with this month’s BDJ Box as several of them are brands and products that I’m curious about but didn’t find the need to buy them yet. The BDJ Box Team did that for me. I’m talking about Asian Secrets and a few of MyChoice products.

I swear, the lot of these seem to cater to us who have spent too much time in the sun and would like to exfoliate and perhaps bring back our normal skin color, not that I don’t like my now bronze skin color. There are whitening products like the MyChoice Pure Herbal Soap (I got Natural Papaya variant) and Asian Secrets Lulur Whitening Facial Scrub and Whitening Body Scrub. Products for exfoliation moisturizing are also included like MyChoice Bubble Scrub Shower Salt and Tony Moly Intense Snail Foot Mask, the latter I can see myself using on my sand-worn feet.

BDJ April Box stickers and catalogue

Motto of the Month

A lot of thought seems to be put into the April 2015 BDJ Box, which is really touching and for that, I give it an A++ mark.

As always, on the makeup side of things, I’m excited to try another mascara and am looking forward to testing Revlon’s Highlighting Palette. At least I’ll test the latter after my tan subsides. I don’t think this shade will work well on tanned skin.

For the rest, I might use them or give them to someone who will better appreciate them. The Mustela set is definitely catered for mothers so I’ll probably give that to my cousin, although I might keep the Mustela Stretch Marks Double Action for myself. Haha!


If  you’re interested to have your own BDJ Box, you can register and buy through their website here. Or if you’re wondering if there are other beauty subscription boxes out there, you might find my post on beauty subscription boxes useful.

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Find anything you like in the April 2015 BDJ Box? Let me know and I’ll review that one first.

Review: Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

For the past few weeks, I’ve been hoarding all sorts of kikay items. If you’ve been following me via Instagram, you’ve probably seen the Heroine Make products I bought—mostly products for the eyes. What I didn’t share was the set of Tony Moly mask sheets (also known as facial mask) I bought at the same time.

Tony Moly Im Real Mask Sheets

Last night I got to try the Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet, which is marketed as a skin purifier.

Skin Benefits of Seaweed

Particular to Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet, the seaweed used is the bladderwrack (a form of kelp), which has high iodine. However, it’s not safe to ingest bladderwrack in case you’re thinking of curing any thyroid conditions you may have.

According to WebMD, people apply bladderwrack to the skin for skin diseases, burns, aging skin, and insect bites, but, there isn’t enough scientific research to determine whether it is actually effective. Still, articles abound as to the beneficial uses of seaweed in general.

Aside from iodine, herbwisdom notes that bladderwrack is also rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, silicon and iron and high in some B-complex vitamins. It contains moderate amounts of phosphorus, selenium, manganese and zinc and small amounts of vitamins A, C, E and G. It also contains anti-sterility vitamin S as well as vitamin K. It is rich in algin and mannitol, carotene and zeaxantin with traces of bromine.

So now that we have the basics, let’s go to the Seaweeds Mask Sheet of Tony Moly.

Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet

Fast Facts

Price: Php 78.00Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet back
Volume: 21ml

Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Chlorphenesin, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Tromethamine, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Glacier Water, Dipotassium Glycymhizate (?), Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Alantoin Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

Product Description:1 
Micro emulsion essence type mask to provide deep moisture
Three (3) layer pulp mask sheet to give deep moisture to skin
Bladderwrack purifies for clean and soft skin
No paraben, talc, benzophenone, triethanomalin, tar coloring

How To Use:
Tear open and apply to face.
Leave on for 20-30 minutes and then remove.

Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet forehead gap

Impressions

Scent: 8/10

Smells great! It definitely did not smell of the sea, salt, or seaweed. But that’s the thing. I can’t place the scent because it wasn’t what I expected. Probably the apple extract has something to do with it but then the ingredient list showed “fragrance” so it may be something else. The scent doesn’t win against Watson’s Camella Callus Cell Vitamin F Facial Mask, but it’s still worth commending.

Price: 8/10

Reasonable. Not as pricey as Dermal’s, but not as cheap as Watson’s. Considering the recommendation to use facial masks 2-3 times a week, you’d want to have cheap ones with good quality.

Application: 7/10

There is still the forehead gap. I guess if you have a wide forehead as mine, then it’ll be a constant problem. Other than this, I found the instructions lacking, if only because Tony Moly is made in Korea and has more than half of its back information in Korean. So I had to do a bit more research (same with Dermal’s) to know how exactly to use these products and what these products are for.

Tony Moly Im Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet appliedSince Dermal’s, I’ve been applying facial masks after applying toner and have also been massaging the excess extract on my forehead and neck—places the mask can’t reach.

This mask also requires more time to leave on compared to Dermal’s and Watson’s, both of which only require 15-20 minutes. So if you’re in a hurry (to fall asleep maybe), then this may not be the mask for you, unless you don’t follow such instructions anyway.

Finally, I think the cuts/grooves on the sides are to short so that it becomes hard to have the mask conform to the contours of the face. When I applied mine, it became uneven on the left side while it was smooth on the right.

Promise: 7/10

After researching on seaweeds, bladderwrack in particular, I’m not so sure anymore if the Tony Moly’s I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet will deliver in its promise at “Skin Purifying”.

What I felt after removing the mask though is tighter skin. It didn’t feel smooth and silky, because my fingers couldn’t glide without friction. But it didn’t feel like I wasted my money either.

One thing’s for sure. It didn’t irritate my skin or cause any adverse reaction. So that’s a definite plus!

I also found the mask to be very cool on the skin, which probably contributed to its feeling pleasantly tight after.

Verdict: 8/10

If you’re into Korean brands, have the time for a long beauty ritual, and believe in the power of the sea, then you’d like the Tony Moly I’m Real Seaweeds Mask Sheet. You’d love the scent and the feeling of tighter, firmer skin. Whether it actually purifies is yet to be seen and may require regular use. Will I buy this again? Probably not. It’s not as cheap as the other brands but it’s good for trying at least once.

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Do you have a facial mask you’d like to share?