This month Japanese and Korean beauty box nomakenolife is focussing on Haru, which means Spring, but also can mean to tighten or firm up. So this month’s box is all about firming and freshening the skin.
The menu booklet tells you all about each item and how it’s used.
JM Solution Collagen Ampoule Synergy Solution
This is a special intensive moisturising and firming treatment, which consists of hydrolysed collagen and hyaluronic acid with botanic extracts and antioxidants. You mix the two together which creates a serum to apply to the entire face. It’s a remarkable treatment, it feels amazing and very rich. Serum treatment is usually part of a face mask. But this is something that can be used more easily, and there’s plenty in the bottle as well.
Denkyu Lip Tint (surprise makeup item), Kirei Factory Chameleon Plant Mist
There’s a surprise item in this month’s box, and I got this cute lip tint shaped like a light bulb! I’ve seen this type before, though in a different colour, and it’s very good. The colour is remarkably strong and it lasts an impressively long time.
The Plant Mist is a toning mist that can be used before regular skincare and again throughout the day if you need to freshen your face. The chameleon plant has been part of alternative medicine for centuries, but its use in skincare is quite recent. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which makes it especially good for sensitive skin. It has a lovely fresh scent and a cooling effect on the skin.
Dolly Wink My Best Liner – Lavender, Spring Heart Juicy Cherry Tint, Con the Shiny Jelly Hair Mascara
Dolly Wink is a popular makeup brand in Japan which produces some marvellously fun cosmetics colours. The eyeliner has a brush tip for accuracy, and along with the striking colour is water and smudge proof. It’s perfect for drawing a dramatic line.
The lip tint is a slightly more subtle effect, and while it looks more dramatic on the packaging it can be clotted down to something more natural. It also moisturises, and has a slight shimmer to it which is very pretty.
Hair mascara isn’t something I’ve heard of, but rather than adding colour it’s used to add shine and to tame stray flyaway hair. This is unusual but actually very useful, especially if your hair is dry or prone to static. There’s no colour either, just a clear serum-like application with a brush that really does look exactly like a mascara brush.
Choosy Lip Pack Choco Mint Cream, Rune Girl Sheet Mask Set
It may be spring, but the weather is still cold enough for chapped lips! This intense moisturising gel lip pack is perfect for rehydrating cry lips, and it smells yummy too!
The retro design of the Rune Girl mask is from the original kawaii look inspiration from the 50s. As well as being a fascinating little glimpse of the history of kawaii culture, the mask itself is made with royal jelly for an extra moisturising effect.