Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is given to me. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

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In January 2016, I went to Generation Beauty LA and got bunch of products and samples.

Here's what I got. I already reviewed Laneige BB Cushion in Light (top middle), Pixi in Wakeup Wisteria nail polish (bottom right), Too Faced Melted Chocolate in Chocolate Milkshake (bottom middle), and NYX Strobe of Genius Illumination Palette (top left).
I received some Belif samples. For this post, I will review Aqua Bomb on the top left.
Product Review: Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Where to purchase: Sephora and online at sephora.com
Price: $38 for 1.68 oz

Made in Korea

Description from the website:
What it is: A gel-cream that 'floods' the skin with a rush of refreshing hydration and minimizes the appearance of pores for soft, smooth, supple skin for normal to combination skin types, including oily skin, and dry skin types looking for a lightweight moisturizer.

What it is formulated to do: Aqua Bomb is an ultra-lightweight, mineral oil-free gel-cream that instantly cools and refreshes skin while providing intensive hydration. This formula contains a blend of apothecary herbs, including antioxidant-rich lady's mantle, which helps neutralize skin-damaging free radicals, improves skin elasticity, and minimizes the appearance of pores. This refreshing cream is formulated to 'burst' when applied, releasing a flood of weightless moisture onto skin, and then absorb completely for a healthy, smooth, supple appearance.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know: This product is dermatologist tested and free of mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic preservatives, dyes, and fragrances, and animal origin ingredients. Belif's The The True Cream Aqua Bomb is a 2015 Self Approved Beauty award winner.
Ingredients:
-Lady's Mantle: Provides antioxidants and also has pore minimizing benefits; helps remove free radicals from skin. 
-Malachite: Antioxidant that neutralizes free radical activity. 
-Plantin: Creates moisture seal on skin. 
-Oat Husk: Attracts moisture (humectant).

Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methl Trimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Malakite Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract*, Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract*, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract**, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract**, Nepeta Cataria Extract**, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract**, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract**, Dimethiconol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phenl Trimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Panthenol, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, PEG-150, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C14-22 Alcohols, Arachidyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Fragrance+, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool.

* : Napiers aqua formula
** : Napiers original formula
+ : Fragrances Of Natural Origin
Thoughts: I might be biased but when I hear products are from Korea, I'm curious to know more.
Here's a closer look at the moisturizer.
Here's a swatch of the product on my hand.

Now for my overall opinion... First of all, there's a refreshing scent. It reminds me of herbs. The first thing that came to mind is mint. Even though it smells like mint, there's no tingling sensation. I'm not a huge fan of that feeling. With that said, the scent doesn't last that long. I would say couple of seconds to a minute. Secondly, the consistency is on the thin side. The first thing that came to mind when I first applied the product is Clinique Moisture Surge. They're both light-weight, gel-consistency. A little goes a long way with this product. I only needed a few dabs on my skin for both the face and neck, and this is coming from me who have a skin in-between normal to dry. With that said, it spreads easily and sinks into the skin quickly. It leaves a nice, smooth texture. Lastly, it's hydrating. They recommend for normal to oily skin individuals. I'm in-between normal to dry and it depends on the season. My skin gets worst during the fall season. Since it's summer time, my skin is more on the normal side but slightly dry if that makes sense. This moisturizer hasn't even dried out my skin. It kept it hydrated and alive.

Pros:
* Scent last for couple of seconds.
* Thin, light-weight consistency.
* Gel-like.
* A little goes a long way.
* Spreads easily.
* Sinks into the skin quickly.
* Leaves a nice, smooth texture.
* Recommended for normal to oily skin individuals.
* Hydrating.

Cons:
* Smells like mint.

Would repurchase: Yes.
Rating:  4.5/5 Tobey's Paws

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is given to me. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

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