Saturday, February 14, 2015

Review: Shara Shara's Honey Bomb All In One Ampoule

Sorry this post has been a long time in the making and I apologize about that. I've been getting requested a lot at work for specialty items, so they've been scheduling me quite a bit lately and will continue to do so in the future (T___T). As you can tell, this has taken quite a toll on blogging, Instagram and (sub) Reddit. I've almost disappeared lately!

In November, Glow Recipe sent me a few things to review and this would be one of the items. It's been almost four months so I can definitely give some report back on how this fairs with my skin, how I use it and if it's worth purchasing!


Product Info:
Shara Shara
Honey Bomb All In One Ampoule
250ml

Where To Get It: 
Glow Recipe : 40.00

Description: 
All-in-one ampoule that provides moist & radiant skin with hydrating effect.


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Claims:
Combines three steps (toner, serum and moisturizer)
Hydrates
Improves skin texture
Whitening (brightening)
Anti-aging


Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Diglycerin, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Honey Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Hamamelis Virginiana Flower Water, Soluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch, Hydrolysate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium Edta, Caramel, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pvm/Ma Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Folic Acid, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Raffinose

I feel like I need to put this in here just as fair warning. I'm not a chemist (I actually failed most of my 6am Chemistry classes >_>). I am a History major who works as a cake decorator to fund my tuition and most of my knowledge about ingredients comes from my training at Sephora. This training was a brand representative coming in and telling us about their products, the main ingredients in said product and how that helps the skin. If I ever state anything incorrectly, please correct me! I do like to learn (now ;D)~!

I'm not gonna lie... I was super excited to see Niacinamide in the top 5 ingredients as it's one of my beloveds. A form of Vitamin B3, this beauty does wonders for acne, brightening, reducing fine lines and helping to lighten hyper-pigmentation. It also helps with reducing redness but I kind of tuck that under brightening personally. 

Propolis - Helps reduce inflammation, helps speed recovery time, is an antibacterial as well as antiviral and an anti-fungal.

Sodium Hyaluronate - (sodium salt of hyaluronic acid). The biggest difference between the two is the size. Sodium Hyaluronate is smaller which allows it penetrate deeper than other ingredients (into the skin) and work it's magic. It attracts and holds on to water, in which causes this molecule to swell in size. This swelling can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles which helps give the skin a more youthful appearance.   

Adenosine - Anti-inflammatory agent

Scent:
It smells like a glob full of honey to me...along with something else, almost like aloe? It's not a heavy scent nor does it lay on the skin. I've used this ampoule in a couple of ways and have yet to really *smell* it. I pretty much have to stick my nose in the bottle to smell it and even then it's fairly faint. 

Packaging:
The box it came in along with the bottle are absolutely adorable. They're both very obvious to the honey part and are stripped just like a honey bee. The bottle itself is pretty big. Actually, when I say big I mean ginormous. It's 250ml of product! It's maybe an inch smaller than a can of Pepsi but is the same width (Yes, I am stacking the bottle on top of a can of Pepsi to test this theory out). The top screws off easily, tightens easily and comes with a spatula so there's no dipping in with fingers. Although, I just use a clean spoon each time to scoop out product because I'm crazy like that. I am kind of sad though as most of the box is in Korean. I don't have any issues with reading it...but that is definitely not the same for people who may want to try this out. The ingredients are in English but that's about it.









Use:
Now, it does say that you can use it as an all around product, slap it on the face and go. This does work actually, along with giving a wonderful glow. It's thick enough to moisturize my skin but not so heavy as to not absorb fully. It feels a bit like water honestly! 


Okay, back to using it. So I mentioned just using it as a daily moisturizer, correct? Well, I've also put it on Shiseido facial cottons and let them chill (Literally. I put this in my fridge hehe) on my face in the place of a mask and for deeper hydration, use a bit more than usual for a nightly mask. 



This baby is FULL

Results:
I normally have dehydrated, dry and very dull skin around this time of year. I have quite a bit of products that help with that and they do help don't get me wrong, but this baby? Whew~! It adds quite a glow to the skin regardless of how I use it. When I do use it as a mask or sleeping pack I do wake up with a bit more hydration than just slapping it on, but that is expected. As I stated, I've been using this since November and I've barely scratched the surface! Luckily I have 12 months to use this! I've soaked cottons in this and given them to my mom (she has super dull skin) and now she expects them every time I visit -.-

I can't say much on anti-aging as I don't have really fine lines or wrinkles yet (YET), but I can say it definitely hydrates and brightens the skin. It definitely helps when I'm in such a rush to get out the door but don't want to leave my skin dry all day~! 

I also put mine in the fridge as I've mentioned and man oh man does it help to not only add a glow to my face but the cooling helps waken my tired eyes up!

Pros:
Hydrates
Brightens skin
Can be used in quite a few ways
TONS of product
No heavy scent
Feels light on skin

Cons:
$40 could be a bit pricey to some
Only the ingredients are in English



Rating: 9/10
I already have a HG moisturizer but this has definitely kicked my HG sleeping mask out of the routine. I love that it can be used quickly, as a pampering tool as well as give me extra hydration while I sleep. It's not too thick but is "heavy" enough to make my skin feel plump and super soft. I bug my boyfriend to pet my face all the time because I'm weird like that haha! I do appreciate the large amount as I can also share it with my mom. Although I give her products she really likes the quick and easy route. So, me giving her a bunch of soaked cottons to use immediately is right up her alley. Plus we get to gossip and veg out on tv while our skin gets hydrated...that's a plus right?! 
I just wish it wasn't solely in Korean, to make it easier for more people to enjoy.
Otherwise, I'd definitely suggest trying it out. It's made without parabens, mineral oils (I do like some MO in my skin care but I know this can be a deal breaker for some), synthetic dyes & fragrances, so those of you with super sensitive skin or preferences to not have these in your skin care, can use this too.

If you're interested in trying this or any other products out from Glow Recipe, here's a link for $5 off your first purchase. Yes this is an affiliate link, but I wouldn't put it here unless I really enjoyed the company or the products. If you try this out, please let me know your thoughts!