Review: Holika Holika + SkinFood + Etude House


Sometimes I wonder if I'm trying to cram too much into one video.... This was a long one :P But I only had three Holika Holika products and one thing led to another so yeah~ This is mostly a Holika Holika vid, which I think needs to be talked about more anyway because it's such a new brand :)

Holika Holika Apple Shine Peeling Sheet

You can actually buy these online but the website is in Korean ^_^. They are 1000won each = ~.85 - $1 USD. But you really needn't be troubled by this...cuz this is a crap product :\ It really is.

Basically, you scrub the hell out of you face with a rough piece of cloth :\ Of course there will be some exfoliation going on like that but not only was it annoying to use, I don't think it worked very well either. Forgot to mention this leaves a white residue on your face (and fingers). Wouldn't recommend this useless product to anyone.

Holika Holika Juicy Hawaii Kiwiade Cleansing Tissue

Smells fresh n' fruity...a strong, tart granny smith apple scent. It works pretty well and is very portable but I don't particularly recommend it for US-buyers because I don't think it's "amazing" enough to import. I'm sure you can find comparable items but if you do come across it, it's a great, convenient product to have.

Holika Holika Aqua Muse Watery Lipstick

I really like this product personally but I feel like it may not be everyone's cup of tea, even if I do love the unique watery finish and have never come across anything else like it. This is why I said you're not missing too much if you don't try it in the video.

Full review here.

Skinfood Facial Water Vita-A Gel Mask

I really love this product. This is currently my favorite face mask and by far the most unique mask I've ever tried. The gel and Alaskan water perhaps? really cools down and de-puffs your face. It's so weird how it actually gets colder the longer it sits on your face O_O I don't know it works but I love it. Takes down redness, soothes irritated skin....can't say enough.

In fact, I think it cut the recovery period the second time I had hives down in half. I didn't use this mask the first time I got hives and it took about 5-6 days to go away completely. The second time I got hives, I used this mask exclusively - my hives were gone in 3-4 days. This kind of result could be particular to me but I think everyone should give this mask a try, especially those with sensitive, irritated skin.

The top layer is clear plastic,
the middle is the gel mask,
then there's white plastic on the bottom.

The only downside is that this mask is not adjustable. At all. And if you tear this very fragile mask at you won't be able to "stick" it back together. It doesn't help that you need to gently peel two layers of plastic off the gel to use it. Also, the gel is pretty thick so if the pre-cut shape of this mask doesn't sit on your face's just not going to sit on your face right. Quite simply, this gel mask is not adjustable to many face shapes.

Nonetheless, I think everyone ought to give this a try. I really want to try the Facial Water Vita-B and Vita-C gel masks as well, maybe someday~

Skinfood Pineapple Peeling Gel

Doesn't work very well on me but works quite well on my brother. Like all skincare/makeup, results varies by individual but this is one case where I actually witnessed a product working significantly better on another person versus me. So I'd say, give this a try if you feel like it ^_^

Full review here.

Etude House Aqua Cure Gel Cream

I only used two of the sample packets but the samples were pretty big so I think I can make a somewhat-informed review. I pretty much covered everything I want to say in the video. Basically, the product feels nice on your face, doesn't break me out, and is pretty unique at least to me (I've never tried gel creams before). Super light, absorbs fast, but I swear it leaves a bit of residue. Also it smells odd and it's not that moisturizing all things considered. Overall, it's just nothing amazing. I personally would never buy a full size of this product, especially if I had to import it, but others might find it worth trying if they are not looking for a lot of hydration and a slightly matte finish.

- Skinfood Facial Water Vita-A Gel Mask
- Holika Holika Watery Muse Lipstick

- Holika Holika Juicy Hawaii Kiwiaide Cleaning Tissue
- Skinfood Pineapple Peeling Gel
- Etude House Aqua Cure Gel Cream

- Holika Holika Apple Shine Peeling Sheet


  1. hi elle! i went to myeongdong today and got the dear darling etude house lip products. thanks for reccommending them~! i also got lots of products from skin food nd tony moly! i reccommend the tony moly latte cream. i tried it at the store and it felt soo nice, plus it looks awesome. hope your videos keep coming!

  2. hello *elle* =D

    i love your long posts! hehe. they are so informative..

    that holika hoika sheet looks so cute.. lol. but sucks that it doesn't work! that's how they get you.. w/ the packaging.. lol

    the skin food gel mask looks so interesting! i've never seen that before.. glad to see your hives are gone! ^_^

  3. Thanks for all the reviews Elle. Too bad the Holika H. stuff didn't work, such cute packaging. Wah Alaskan water sounds awesome. LOL I bought Shu Uemura Depsea Water because it's supposed to be special water from 600m down the ocean XD.

    Wow never used a clear gel mask like that.

  4. It's hard to believe that all that white debris was dead skin. I agree with you. I think there must be something in the product that creates "dead skin".

    You're Hippo is too cute and striped too. btw I laughed so hard when i read your note about how your eyes are uneven like mine and then you typed out how they looked like. I laughed so loud, Rich turned and asked what I was laughing about. I told him he wouldn't understand. :)

    You're reviews get better and better. I really enjoy them b/c I've always been into asian skincare and makeup.

  5. @oaimagination - I'm so jealous you're in Korea :D!!!! I hope you're having lots of fun though :)! Definitely keep me updated on what you're doing/what you're buying ^_~ I am so tempted to ask you to bring me back stuff but I know you'll be busy lugging over are your own goods ;) Make sure you put all your liquids into your checkin luggage tho - you don't want to get anything confiscated ><

    How long are you going to be in Korea? Do you like the EH lip products :)? What's your fav color? I wish I could try the TM latte cream, it sounds so yummy ^_^

    @siwing - ahaha yep i know xD oh packaging~ I'll send u a gel mask when I order some more (i used all of mine xD), they feel so nice~

    @Kalmo - I wish I could try more HH things, the stuff I got aren't their "popular" products :P that's what I get for blindly going into a store >< ooo do tell how teh shu uemura deep sea water works for you :D

    @Mara - i know right? i found the hippo at was love at first sight ^_^ and thanks :) speaking of, your FOTD are getting so friggin good, you NEED to videos, share your blending techniques with the world :)

  6. Oehh, the skin food products are looking interesting =D would love to try the gel mask ^__^ where do you buy it? Just at a drugstore?

  7. the facial water vita-a mask sounds REALLY good for the summer ~
    when summer comes around again... will definitely get some to try~ my face felt cool and relaxed just hearing you talk about it =p

  8. you know etude has a mega sales going on their official website right now. I'm shaking while browsing through things.!!!


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