Time to exfoliate!

When to exfoliate?

If you love wearing makeup on a daily basis, this procedure is a must! Exfoliating lifts up remaining makeup particles and dead skin cells allowing other skincare products to penetrate onto skin. This could be done in the morning or evening, whichever you guys prefer. I usually exfoliate once in 2 weeks.

So I tested this Black Sugar Mask by the brand Skinfood. Got this as a sample size on my September IPSY Glambag. The full size 3.38 oz / 100 ml. Sold at $10 from Ulta.

Skinfood’s Black Sugar Mask 

SKINFOOD’ s Black Sugar Cleansing skin care line is an exfoliating and moisturizing cleansing line with organic black sugar. Black sugar is enriched with vitamins and minerals to hydrate and nourish skin. Dead skin cells are scrubbed away, leaving skin soft and glowing.

The black sugar sourced by SKINFOOD is not actually black, but a dark brown sugar. The brown color derives from the amount of molasses, a syrup separated out from sugar after the refining process. While most commercial brown sugar is just refined white sugar coated with molasses, black sugar is unrefined, leaving behind more of the natural benefits. Enriched with vitamins and minerals and organically farmed without pesticides, it’ s sweet to the taste and to the touch! –Skinfood.com

Product Details:

This exfoliating scrub smells heavenly of brown sugar and leaves your skin feeling porcelain smooth and soft. The sugar grains make for an excellent manual exfoliator and dissolve slowly as you massage them gently on your face. The hydrating formula moisturizes your face as it sets and after rinsing off, your skin is totally glowing and baby-soft. –Soko Glam


Ingredients: Sucrose, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Lanolin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylexanoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Butyroseperum Parkii (Shea Butter), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Laurate, Butylparaben, BHT, Caramel, Parfum.


How to use:

After cleansing, massage gently into damp skin, or mix with water/cosmetic water and apply. Avoid skin around the eyes and lips. Rinse with lukewarm water.


Skinfood's Black Sugar Mask Review

Overall thoughts:

Okay, it was sugar alright! The mask pack had itsy bitsy grains of sugar molded into a black paste. I’m guessing that was melted sugar too. It was not really black but brown sugar as described. I was about to taste it, but again it contained Butylparaben. Just from the word itself, it had paraben, a known  cosmetic preservative. So it’s not really “all natural” in ingredients and definitely not edible. The scent was very sweet and raw like “muscavados” a natural brown sugar. It contained caramel as listed in the ingredients which was so tempting to taste. As you can see from the image above, only a pea size amount was enough to exfoliate my dead skin cells. It also melted away as I kept rubbing the mask pack onto my face. Also, it doubled as a lip exfoliator! The granules where rough like sugar. I felt it melting away as it gently exfoliated my skin.

After rubbing this mask in less than a minute. Rinsed it off with lukewarm water, patted it dry and immediately felt so soft and smooth. It did irritate my skin a bit causing it to look inflammed.  So I don’t recommend exfoliating on an inflammed skin. I did try it on my elbows just and it worked too! Of course the traditional sugar and honey mask pack would be a cheap substitute for this. But there’s something about it that makes my skin so soft after using it. Followed it up with a lightweight moisturizer. Overall I loved it! I couldn’t say that this item would be rated because technically it was almost free from the ipsy bag but for review purposes, here’s my rating:


Effectiveness🍑 I felt it rubbing away all my dead skin cells. The sugar granules were a bit rough though, it also made my skin a little irritated. 

Packaging🍑 Very cute!

Price-$10 for a scrub? Not really in my price range considering the fact that I honestly use and a facial scrub just once a week.

Availability🍑 Sold at your nearest Ulta.

Score interpretation:

🍑🍑🍑-Good enough to try.  Would repurchase it if was on sale. Won’t recommend it if you guys have sensitive skin like I have. A store bought brown sugar and honey mixed together would be a cheap alternative for this mask.  I prefer the scrubs to be “super fine” in texture to prevent micro-tearing on my skin.  For me, that would be less “harsh-er” especially to my face. I have to admit that after exfoliating with this product, my skin felt so soft and smooth. So that’s one take away from this black sugar mask experience.
Have you guys exfoliated your skin lately? Until the next review!

All opinions and images are mine. This post is not sponsored.

All Rights Reserved. Eye C. Blog. Eyeseesomething.com 2017

Rire Pore Tightening Toner review.

Hello beauties! Welcome to another eyeseesomething review!

Today’s something is about a PORE TIGHTENING Toner. Presenting. . . 

Rire’s  Pore Tightening Toner

Purchased @Althea.kr for $1.75. To get $15 off your first purchase click here.

Pore tightening fresh toner:

Indicated for oily combination skin with large pores. Formulated with white clay to control and remove excess sebum on the face leaving it soft and smooth. Excessive sebum causes widened pores which then causes the following:(Accdg. to Althea.kr)

  • blackheads
  • rough or tough skin
  • dark uneven tone of skin

The product weighs 300 ml. It has a blue colored container but the formula is clear and bubbly. The instructions were to shake the bottle a few times since there was sediments forming at the bottom of the bottle.

My skin type:

Oily combination skin. My T-zone (forehead, nose and chin area) tends to get oily during the day and I get dry patches on the sides of my nose, cheek area and along the edges of my lips.

Rire Toner review by eyeseesomething.com

After shaking the bottle as instructed, the formulation gets bubbly.


Rire Toner Pore tightening review by eyeseesomething.com 2017 (2)

Main ingredients:

White Clay –  Contains minerals and nutrients to absorb excess face sebum and prevent inflammation.

Ash Extract – Promote skin elasticity and moisture. Minerals for added skin and pore care.

Tea Tree Extract – Relax inflammed and sensitive skin. 

Aloe Vera Extract –  Moisturizes, relaxes, and brightens the skin.

Lavender Extract – Relaxes the skin.

Camellia Sinesis Lead Extract – Skin vitality and smoothens out the skin’s rough texture.

Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract – Vitamin C, P, B, and K. For clear, energized and refreshed skin.

Castanea Crenata Shell Extract – Anti ageing benefits.


How to use: 

From Althea.kr

May be used both ways:

  • toner
  • calming pack

I prefer using this product as a toner. After cleansing my face, I then apply a few drops of the RIRE Fresh Pore Tightening Toner and remove all the remaining dirt the cleanser was not able to remove. After using the toner, my face gets a little bit dewy from the bubbly formulation. 

Rire toner try on by eyeseesomething.com 2017


I’ve been using this toner for almost a month and I haven’t gone through half of the bottle yet. This toner could literally last me months! I did notice my skin peel a bit initially then it stopped after a week. It  just might be due to my sunburn. The toner does leave my skin dewy and a little tacky after which probably is the reason for the bubbly or soapy formulation. As you guys can see from the image above, the toner on the bottle seemed to look like blue, but as I poured it out, the fluid was just clear.

This toner removed all the excess dirt and oil left on my face after a regular facial cleanser. For the pore tightening claims, my pores are still very visible. Maybe I should see those results the longer I use it. By the way, I do have oily combination skin and right now, dry patches around my nose and cheeks appear due to the  cold winds of fall fast approaching. This toner also leaves an extra shield of moisturizer after using. Almost making it ‘dewy’ looking. I usually wake up to an oiled up grease pan like face but after using this toner for weeks, my skin is not that oily or flakey just soft and smooth. It’s not a substitute for a moisturizer but it really does give just a little bit of  moisture. 

The toner smelled really nice. A “perfumey” baby soap clean scent to it plus a strong scent of alcohol. I did drop the bottle a few times and thankfully it didn’t break that easily. I also liked that it was not formulated with parabens and strong chemicals but once I applied this toner on an open pimple, it gave a me horrible painful sting. So I would suggest not using this on a open wound.  I also did see a few bumps appear while using the toner but after a week, the bumps disappeared. It might just be an initial reaction since my skin has not been used to toners. The last toner I tried was over a year ago. 

 Overall, I did love this as a toner but what I really was looking forward to the pore tightening claims which didn’t really manifest after weeks of using it. Sigh, sadly I won’t be repurchasing this item. With that I’m giving this product a rating of:



Packaging: 🍑 Clean blue and white labeling. The bottle was made out of a hard plastic material that could withstand accidental falls and  breakage( necessary for a clutz like me).

Effectiveness: 🍑 Although it was not so evident in pore tightening, I appreciate the effect it gave in controlling my oily skin. It does leave my skin a little bit dewy after using it plus it cleans out all the left over dirt on my face. It also gave me an initial “bumps forming” reaction.

Price:🍑 It’s currentyly sold for $1.50 @ Althea.kr if I’m not mistaken. 

Availability: It was only available online.

Score Points: 1 point equivalent to 🍑. Total score is 5.

Score interpretation:


🍑🍑🍑-Good enough to try but won’t repurchase. 🙄


What Korean skincare products have you guys tried?



After you’ve picked out the items you’d like to purchase, apply the discount code mentioned above and ensure that the discount is reflected in the total amount. Please note that there are minimum purchase amounts you have to hit before you’re eligible for the discount based on your country. Now you’re ready to check out!


All images and opinions are mine. This post is not sponsored. All rights reserved.