Review: Etude House Bebe Foot Mask

Okay! After the last one I wanted a foot peel that… well… did anything. Preferably working as advertised.


So I picked up a pack of the Etude House Bebe Foot Mask – it came in a cardboard box (WITH BOOTIES) and the cute foot-shaped packet full of liquid, divided in two (one for each foot).

I didn’t get any photos of my feet in the booties, but they were comfy and easy to wear and didn’t leak.

I have a confession to make. I stuffed up. I dozed off while wearing the booties. (Also, the liquid tested at about pH 4 – low enough for exfoliating! Hurraw!)  It wasn’t uncomfortable or apparent I had over-exfoliated UNTIL I jumped in the shower. Holy wow. It hurt when the water touched it – my skin felt raw and burning hot. As soon as I jumped out of the shower it felt a little tender but that was all. My feet felt totally normal, a little dry, when I woke up the following day.

Fast forward to day 4… a tiny blister of skin appeared. The following day when I got out of the shower my skin peeled off my feet in huge sheets, mostly from my heels.


Snail gel for scale.

This was amazing. I have used multiple foot peels in the past and none have worked as well as this one did, is it possible that that’s because I over-exfoliated by leaving it on too long? Maybe. But I’ll definitely be picking these up again the next time I want a foot peel!


Beauty talk!

Also known as, what the heck is she talking about?! As my beauty routine expands I’m finding new and interesting things all the damn time, so I’ll be adding some of them below as to a sort of “cheat sheet” to ingredients and terms I may use that might not make any sense to you… yet.

I’ll be periodically updating this post as I find new and interesting things that might need explaining!

If anything below needs more explaining, if you know of something interesting I should add or *gasp* if I’ve made an error, please comment and let me know!

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Acids or actives – Scary sounding but (for me) life changing chemical exfoliants. Acids may reference alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), vitamin C and more! They are used for anti- acne, anti-aging, and brightening skin tone.

AHAs – Alpha hydroxy acids. In skincare these are usually formulated from fruit extracts (citric acid), sugar cane (glycolic acid) and milk (lactic acid) and are water permeable. They are used to “unglue” the top dead layer of skin, and are used for anti-acne and anti-aging

Arbutin – A chemical compound found in wheat, pear skins and bearberry plants. It inhibits the production of melanin and is used as a skin lightening ingredient.

Bee Venom – Pretty much what it sounds like – the stuff that moves through a bee’s stinger when it stings. I’ve read that in some cases it is extracted without killing the bees by having them walk on a very lightly electrified “mesh” that the venom passes through without damaging the bee or their stinger. Bee Venom is used in skincare for plumping, anti-aging and anti-acne, and is said to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

BHAs – Beta hydroxy acids. In skincare this is most commonly salicylic acid, found in willow bark, and is oil soluble. These can penetrate deep into the pores the exfoliate, making them great for anti-acne and also for anti-aging.

Ceramides – The molecules in your skin that hold moisture and hold the cells together. Ceramides are used to replenish any that have been lost from dehydration or aging. They are used as anti-aging, and moisturising.

Double cleansing or oil cleansing – Using an oil based cleanser to first remove sunscreen, makeup and general gunk before using a second cleanser (these are your more “normal” foam cleansers).

Hanbang – Korean traditional herbal medicine. Relating to skincare this usually includes herbs and botanical extracts (and the occasionally potent earthy smells!). Ingredients that are considered Hanbang include the ever popular ginseng, mushrooms, lotus, camellia, bamboo, green tea as well as traditional processes such as fermentation.

Hyaluronic Acid – A molecule that retains moisture, naturally occurring in skin and cartilage. Improves wrinkles and skin elasticity and also helps skin retain hydration and moisture.

Hydration – Adding water – as opposed to moisturising which adds oils.

Fermentation – You know, like beer! But really, fermented ingredients in skin care are closer to the “good bacteria” you hear about in sauerkraut. Fermented ingredients can have anti-aging and skin brightening properties.

Grits – The small pieces of gunk that come out of your face when oil cleansing (I’ve had this happen ONCE. It was AWESOME.) These may be sebaceous filaments (SF) or even bits of fluff from towels or in those air that may look like they’ve come out of your face when they didn’t.

Lightening or Whitening: First and foremost, this is NOT about skin bleaching. While I’m naturally as pale as a ghost I do get hyperpigmentation spots after pimples, as well as the annoying red scarring. This is where the “lightening” products come into play for me – think of them more as “evening out” or “brightening” your skin tone rather than changing the shade. Generally while blogging I prefer the term bright over light or white.

Niacinamide – A form of vitamin B3 – it’s been very well studied and is efficient at evening out skin tone, adding “brightness” to skin and even reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Occlusive – A moisturiser that is used a final seal in your skincare routine. Anything from your bare-bones Vaseline to high end luxury creams that lock in moisture and hydration to keep all that goodness from escaping out of your skin all day or night long.

Peptides – Moisture binding agents (amino acids) that make up proteins – these may be used in skincare to reinforce naturally occurring proteins in the skin such as collagen, keratin and elastin. They can increase firmness, elasticity, smoothness and hydration.

PIE and/or PIH – Post Inflammatory Erythema or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. When you scar after a spot if it goes red or pink it’s usually PIE, and if it goes darker it’s usually PIH. Also, hyperpigmentation won’t react to pressure the way PIE will so if you want to test which you have, press a clear flat-bottomed shot glass (the bottom part against your skin) and see if it fades. If it does, it’s PIE, if not, it’s PIH. Unfortunately no actual pies involved.

Propolis – Bee glue! It’s a resin-like substance that bees use to seal off sections in honeycombs. It is said to be antibacterial and anti inflammatory and may also reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Snail mucin or snail secretion filtrate – Yep, this is exactly what it sounds like. It’s snail slime. Snail slime is amazing for healing  (think about if the bottom of your feet were softer than your tongue!) and plenty of other benefits.

Banila Co. Clean it Zero! A review and comparison of all four types.

When I first started my Asian beauty inspired routine I knew what my first step had to be, both literally and figuratively.

Oil cleanser! I live in Australia, I’m very pale, and I want to keep it that way so I wear a LOT of sunscreen. I read that it was the best way to remove makeup, sunscreen and general goo from your face so your “normal” cleanser can really get in and do what it’s supposed to do.

So I approached the idea with caution. This is because I dye my hair and sometimes use Vaseline to cover my skin to stop it from going blue-black but ugh. That feeling… It makes my skin crawl just thinking about it. It’s greasy, sticky, and personally, I’m not a fan. I can’t stand using it so I put up with dye stained ears for a few days rather than subject myself to the evil vat of petroleum sludge.

So first hearing about oil cleansing I got that same, crawling feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was going to wash my face… with oil? Ew. No thanks. Nope. No.

So I read up on it, I asked around on reddit, and someone suggested the Banila Co. Clean it Zero to start me off, as it’s a different texture, easy to find, not drippy and messy, and a bit easier for a creeped out newbie to handle. Sounds good!

I managed to snag a sample pack of each of the four kinds because I’m quite indecisive and even though I looked quite a bit I couldn’t find a comparison that suited the questions I had. (If you find or have written one please please link me!)

I’ve broken down my comparison as I have a couple of requirements, however my skin is pretty hardy and not at all sensitive and firmly balanced between oily and dry – yes I’m a mythical creature of no not combination really it’s normal skin type.

1. Smell
If I’m going to be slathering this stuff on my face daily, massaging and hopefully drawing out those stubborn grits out of my nose, it has to smell okay. It doesn’t have to be scented at all, but if it is, I want it to be nice. Not necessarily a deal breaker but it might help if I’m torn between two. Obviously the rating on this will totally depend on your taste. The scent on all four of these is quite subtle to my nose but if any of these sound gross to you, well, here’s your heads up.

Regular – sweet, lightly floral almost baby powder scent. A little cloying to me but that just because I jammed my nose in the pot. 3/5

Purity – one of the big draws for Purity is that it’s free from any added fragrances, but it does have a scent. It’s the lightest herby lavender smell, which considering it has lavender oil in it is unsurprising. 4/5

Reveratrol – very bright fruity scent, mostly green apple. This is my fave! 5/5

Radiance – soft, floral almost candy like scent. Kinda meh but not offensive. 3/5

2. Makeup & sunscreen removal

Now this is why I bought the four pack! I’ve tested them all quite a bit and found it to be a tie overall, but I did another small test so I could show you guys!

I slathered some makeup on my hand, two eyeliners, a liquid liner and a liquid lipstick as well as a slather of my indomitable mascara (review for that one coming soon!) as it’s easier to show makeup removal in picture format than sunscreen removal.

I tried really hard to put the same sized tiny blob of each cleanser onto each section of my hand. I rubbed them in a bit to get them breaking down the makeup, as you can see the liquid lipstick and eyeliners gave up immediately!

I ran some water over my hand and, still trying to keep each quarter seperate, emulsified them. You can’t see it here but all four went milky when mixed with water, this is when the liquid eyeliner gave in.

And rinsed off! As you can see that mascara doesn’t budge, unfortunately my hand isn’t a perfectly flat even surface for testing, but I can tell you that I was rubbing and working the hardest on the Radiance quarter.

So, after multiple face tests and the little experiment above I gave each one a score out of 10 for makeup removal.

Normal: 9/10

Purity: 8/10

Resveratrol: 9/10

Radiance: 7/10

3. Feel

Again, this is totally subjective but I wanted my oil cleanser to give me some slip, especially when I’m doing a facial massage.

Regular: Nice, creamy, soft. Emulsified well. Left minimal residue. 8/10

Purity: A bit more slippery when melted than the regular kind. Left no noticeable residue. 9/10

Resveratrol: Almost the same as the regular. Minimal residue. 8/10

Radiance: Same again, doesn’t feel different until rinsed off. Leaves a film behind that my regular cleanser removed. 6/10

4. Bonus round!

Purity gets a bonus point for being clean, simple and free from stuff that makes people not able to try the regular kind, sooo a point for being inclusive.

Regular gets a point for being the most readily available and usually the cheapest.

Final thoughts.

I really like all of the “flavours” of Banila Co Clean it Zero… except Radiance. I was so so excited to try it but it wasn’t the best at removing makeup, smells not so great and just left me feeling kinda meh.

I was also interested in the Resveratrol version as I keep seeing it advertised being for oily skin OR anti-aging. I didn’t notice any difference in oil production or skin texture during my tests but I may grab a full size soon to investigate further.

Down the track I may purchase a full size of the Radiance, just to see if I’m being too harsh but for now, I’m totally in love with the other three, but the smell of the Resveratrol version has my heart.



How to take care of your skin (after rolling around in filth for 3 days)

Hi everyone! First off, I just want to clarify the title of this post. I’m a LARPer. 

Without going too deep into the process, what this means is a few times a year I go camping for 3 or more days (depending on the event I’m attending) in the dust and the muck all while being blasted by the Australian sun and “fight” other LARPers, with swords, or nerf guns, or whatever. While the wounds from swords and guns might not be real (aside from a couple of bruises) the dust, dirt, heat, sunscreen buildup, dehydration and other effects on my skin are very real.

Since starting my new skincare routine I noticed even more when I came home last Monday that I had really put my skin through a hard time. No showering, overloaded with sunscreen and only makeup wipes twice a day. Ew. My skin looked very dehydrated, and just kinda gross. I felt disgusting too. So here’s what I did to fix it:

Now you see why there aren’t many photos on this blog. Also, I forgot to photograph my Banila Co. Clean it Zero so just imagine it’s there…
Step 1: Easing back into my routine.

I have a lot of products that I use daily but for now I concentrated on GENTLE cleansing and lots and lots of hydration. When I was initially planning this post before the event I had images in my mind of doing a pore cleanse and having mountains of grits falling out of my face, but for a couple of reasons I didn’t do that. First, I was tired. I had slept about 3 hours each night since Thursday and wasn’t in the mood for a full routine. Looking at and feeling my skin I could tell it wanted care, not to be doused in acids and clay and sucked dry. So I kept it very very simple.

Step 2: Oil Cleansing

The first thing I did (even before taking off my dust caked shoes) was I slathered my face in almost half a sample size tub of Banila Co. Clean it Zero (the regular kind in the pink tub). I then pottered around the house, got undressed and unpacked my toothbrush, and checked my phone to make sure I hadn’t missed anything major while I’d been out of contact all weekend. I left the oil cleanser (and dust and everything) on my face for about 45 minutes. After this I did a very gentle facial massage, though it wasn’t too satisfying as I couldn’t tell grits from… well grit.

Step 3: SHOWER.

Oh bliss. It was only as I stepped into the shower that I could smell myself for the first time all weekend. Eurgh. I scrubbed and washed myself (and my hair) while leaving the oil on, leaving cleaning my face til last. I made sure to emulsify the oil very very gently, partly to ensure I wouldn’t harass my skin any further and partly because I was so damn tired I could barely move my arms. Then just before jumping out I cleansed with my gentle Sukin charcoal cleanser.

Step 4:  Hydration

Everything after this point was about making sure my face could spend all night drinking up products and be in a better state by morning. I skipped actives and went straight for a hydrating toner, some Holy Snails Shark Sauce, then Sukin night and eye creams. I then crawled into bed and passed out.

Step 5: Back to normal!

I took it kinda slow over the following week, sheet masking daily (Innisfree I’m Real Squeeze Rice masks were perfect for this week), only using my BHA on from Wednesday onwards and my AHA for the first time yesterday since last Monday when I got home. I’m going to re-introduce the Vitamin C Serum tomorrow. I’m currently writing this and one week after returning I believe my skin is actually in better shape than it was when I left.

I hope this was kind of informative to some! Hit me up if you have any tips or questions.