Sample Stash - Tony Moly and SkinFood

by - November 26, 2015

One more month before Christmas!  But before all of that jingle rockin', jingle swingin' and jingle ringin', it's turkey roastin' and pie bakin' first.  Haha!  Okay, I don't know why I've come up with that.

Well, I hope you're keeping up with all of the crazy Thanksgiving deals.  I'm actually excited about a few online sales, beauty-related of course and it's very likely that I'll get some makeup products.  We'll see!

Anyway, let me talk about these three samples I've recently tried.  At the end of this post, I'll also say which one's my favorite.  Oops!  Don't scroll down the bottom of the page just yet.  :)

SkinFood Platinum Grape Cell Toner

A premium toner containing visible platinum particles and grape cells that provide intensive firming treatment for aging skin. 

This is an anti-aging toner by SkinFood and key ingredients are platinum and grape.  Gamay grapes to be exact.

Turns out, this is meant to be applied directly onto the face using your palms.  No need for cotton.  However, I did the opposite.  Haha!

I find the full-sized version's glass packaging very pretty.  It comes with a pump as well.

The consistency of not very watery.  It's slightly gel-ish.

What I like about it

- double cleanse the face (after washing if you use cotton) 
- doesn't over dry the skin
- doesn't leave a super tight feeling
- feels light 
- non-greasy (there's bit of stickiness but still fast-absorbing)

I couldn't tell if there's a grape scent because smelled alcohol instead.

Tony Moly Panda's Dream White Magic Cream

Alright!  Another one from Tony Moly's Panda's Dream line! 

Remember my Eye Patch review here and Hand Cream review here?

The caption on the brand's website is really funny.  It says something about a panda's dream of becoming a white bear!  Do they have polar bear goals?  Haha!

At first, I wasn't sure if it's a skincare product or a makeup base, so I looked it up online.  Apparently, it can be used either way.  However, I opt for the latter because it really felt like such and I don't want to (and should not) sleep with makeup on.  Ever.

The cream itself looks like cake icing.  It also has a nice fragrance though I can't remember if it's similar with the Panda's Dream Hand Lotion.

Overall, it's okay and the instant whitening effect is a good idea but I really think it's not for me.  As you can see, it creates a white mask because it's like white paint and nowhere close to natural skin color.  

Perhaps, people white fair to very fair skin who just want to even out their skin tone and lessen the appearance of dark spots would enjoy this more. 

I know in Korea, they prefer pale-looking makeup so this one would work as a nice makeup base to achieve that look.

Here, I only used a concealer on top of Magic White Cream and it's pretty obvious that my face is unnaturally fairer.  

I also noticed that after application, it slightly covered the pores and prepped the skin.  Maybe it's because of the thick consistency and pigmentation.'

Tony Moly Floria Peeling Gel

Now, moving on to Floria line.

Don't be scared by the "peeling" word there.

I didn't do a research about this product before testing it out.  I just massaged it on my face and I was like "woah" upon realizing how it works.  

This one's an exfoliator gel, not really a peeling gel because it doesn't peel off a layer of the skin.  It's like a dupe of Cure Natural Aqua Gel in terms of formula and function.

Basically, you just rub it on your face and you'll start to see the eraser crumb-like things forming. 

Truth is, I'm still skeptical if those are really "dead skin cells" or if it's just a gimmick.  

From what I've read in a blog, you can test it on a different surface such as wood, glass or plastic and add a bit of oil (one of the elements in the skin).  If the debris don't form, there's a high chance that the product actually works.  Otherwise, the actual product just transformed to crumbs and it's not doing anything for your skin.  Read more here.

Nevertheless, I really like the feeling after the cleansing.  My skin feels soft, smoother and not dry , so I want to believe that it somehow works.  

I also want to try it on my underarms and try to exfoliate that area.

That's all!  

I'm glad that any of these three products didn't cause any irritations.

So, it's time to pick huh?  Well, I think it's obvious enough.

Yep, the Floria is my top pick.  As a matter of fact, I want to buy a full-sized tube to test it out further and besides, it's a cheaper alternative to Cure so why not right?

What do you think?

your sweetest drug,

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