Ralph Lauren ‘Tender Romance’ [Review]

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“Created for the woman who believes in the promising hope of new love, Tender Romance celebrates the sweet and gentle moments of falling in love for the first time. Tender Romance is the first white, luminous oriental scent – a delicate caress of pure white magnolia and silky soft cashmere. This enchanting scent captures the story of an intimate, unforgettable moment.” Description is courtesy of Sephora.com

Tender Romance evokes both the sweetness and innocence of falling in love for the first time.”—Ralph Lauren

Notes: Ginger, Pear Accord, Bergamot, White Magnolia Accord, Jasmine, Ginger Lily Accord, Cashmere Woods Accord, Benzoin, Musk.
Style: Promising. Enchanting. Intimate.

My Thoughts: This is a very pleasant fragrance (EDT). It is perfect for a cool but gloomy rainy day. This is cozy sweater scent. The enchanting warmth comes from the cashmere and musk. The musk is just right in Tender Romance. As far as I can tell this fragrance is only available at Sephora. It retails for $54 (1 oz), $76 (1.7 oz) and $96 (3.4 oz).

 

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Disclaimer: The product has been received from Ralph Lauren and their representatives through Influenster for review considerations. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my personal opinions and experience with the product.

MASKGENIE OCTOBER 2015 MASK POUCH

October’s pouch has a few masks that I am excited to try: the Mediheal Dress Code Black and Elizavecca Milky Piggy 24K Gold Waterdew Snail Mask Pack. I am most intrigued by the Bio’MAIN Cordyseps Sinensis Sleeping Pack.

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  1. Shara Shara Baby Hand & Nail Mask (Korea)
  2. Scinic Black Dual Mask Aqua White (Korea)
  3. Mediheal Dress Code Black (Korea)
  4. Sister Diary Cactus Loofah Mask (Taiwan)
  5. Elizavecca Milky Piggy 24K Gold Waterdew Snail Mask Pack (Korea)
  6. MAJN Activating & Tightening Eye Mask (Hong Kong)
  7. Bio’MAIN Cordyseps Sinensis Sleeping Pack (Taiwan)
  8. Beauty Mate Anti-Blemish Repairing Mask (Taiwan)
  9. Dr. Morita Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask (Taiwan)
  10. Biore Nose Patch (Japan) 

Here is MaskGenie’s review/recap/unpouching of the October 2015 Pouch

MASKGENIE AUGUST 2015 MASK POUCH

Quite a few of the August MaskGenie pouches were delayed by a couple months, returned to MaskGenie or lost but I am so happy that I finally received mine. I am really excited to try the 3 snail, the DonkeySteam Cream and Horse Oil masks!!!

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1. Nature Republic – Apple Mango Mask Sheet (Korea)
2. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Silky Creamy Donkeysteam Cream Mask Pack (Korea)
3. Medicos Snail Fresh Mask (Korea)
4. Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder (Japan)
5. Pure Mind Moisture Collagen Essence Mask (Korea)
6. Annie’s Way Snail Repairing Jelly Mask (Hong Kong)
7. Hagan Snail Aesthetic Moisture Ampule Mask Sheet (Korea)
8. Animal Cutie Mask Pack Anti-aging Horse Oil (Korea)
9. SharaShara Black Charcoal Mask (Korea)
10. Kuan Yuan Lian Luffa Moisturising Mask (Taiwan)

 

Here is MaskGenie’s review/recap/unpouching of the August 2015 Pouch

MaskGenie Birthday Surprise Pouch

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Last month Mask Genie curated a Special Edition ‘Birthday Surprise; pouch  to celebrate her little girl’s first birthday. I few of these I have used before (#s 1 and 10). I am most excited to try the Seartree Snail (#6) and Primera Peeling (#7) masks.

1. Dewytree Equal and Resilience Solution Mask (Korea)
2. Beyond The Real Multivitamin Brightening Mask (Korea)
3. ShiningNaturePurity Animal Otter Aqua Mask (Korea)
4. Workaholic Super Good Skin Care Green Tea Natural Essence Mask (Korea)
5. MIO Three Kinds of Essence Mask (Taiwan)
6. Seatree Art Snail? 100 Mask (Korea)
7. Primera Broccoli Sprout Mild Facial Peeling Mask (Korea)
8. Sasatinnie Jellyfish Lifting Face Mask (Korea)
9. SexyLook “Aloe” Mask (Taiwan)
10. Coni Beauty Lotus Elastic & Hydrating Mask (Taiwan)

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BEAUTEQUE AUGUST MASK MAVEN [Haul]

The theme for Beauteque’s August Mask Maven bag is Troubled Skin: Acne & Pores. This month’s bag was curated to address the various issues that result in problem skin. Sheet masks are known to be one of the best options to tackle these such as oily skin, acne, large pore, blemishes and the hyper-pigmentation and scarring that often results. I am quite please with this month’s bag and that the masks were not just randomly chosen but selected to address specific skincare concerns.

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Beauteque August Mask Maven:
1. SNP (Shining Nature Purity) Troubled Skin Care Essence Sheet Mask (Korea)
2. Beauty Friends Kiwi Essence Mask Sheet Pack (Korea)
3. Esfolio Volcanic Ash Essence Mask Sheet (Korea)
4. Beauty Friends Green Tea Mask Sheet Pack (Korea)
5. Face Q Luffa Oil COntrol Sheet Mask (Taiwan)
6. PureDerm Strawberry Yogurt Pack (Korea)
7. My Beauty Diary Citrus Firming Aroma Mask (Taiwan)
8. Hanaka Marigold Oil Control Botanic treatment Reviving Mask (Taiwan)
9. PureDerm Deep Cleansing Peeling Gel  x2 (Korea)

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MASKGENIE – JULY 2015 MASK POUCH

Here is July’s MaskGenie Pouch. There are a couple new brands in this months pouch and I am most excited to try theRyeo:Hui, Belov lip mask and Ginseng Health Patch. 
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July Mask Genie Pouch

  1. DewyTree Equal and Resilience Solution Mask (Korea)
  2. Ryeo:huh Ultra Hydrating Pearl Essence Mask (Korea)
  3. Farmstay GreenTea Seed Visible Difference Mask (Korea)
  4. Seatree Art Ice Fresh Sheet Mask (Korea)
  5. Yadah Cleansing Nose Pack (Korea)
  6. Misscarol Kiwi Whitening and Brightening Mask (Hong Kong)
  7. SexyLook Mask (Taiwan)
  8. Bangkok Face Lychee Anti-Melasma Mask
  9. Ginseng Health Patch (Korea)
  10. Belov Lip Mask 

Here is MaskGenie’s review/recap/unpouching of the July 2015 Pouch.

 

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Beauteque Monthly Mask Maven [Beauty Subscription] July Bag

In addition to the MaskGenie (Hong Kong) monthly mask subscription service, I decided to give the US based Beauteque online store that specializes in a wide variety of Asian beauty and skincare products. I signed up for the Beauteque Monthly Mask Maven subscription service. They have a variety of plans ranging from monthly, 3, 6 or 12 months (automatic billing each month). On the month-to month plan that I signed up for it costs $15 plus a flat shipping rate of $3.95, with the option to cancel at anytime. Each month a bag will be curated to contain 9-11 masks (face sheet, hand and feet, hair, wash off masks). I am not sure if I really like this service yet and will give it a try for another month or two.
I am mot excited to try the  Tony Moly I’m Real Tea Tree Skin Soothing Sheet Mask. This particular mask is now carried by Sephora for #.50/mask but I have seen it for $1.99 on other Asian beauty sites, but they are always SOLD OUT!!!!!! I ave tried the Mediheal Black Eye msk before and really like it so I was happy to get another one. Also I can’t wait to try the SNP Beijing Opera Brightening Mask (everyone talks about these).
I am happy that I have found another mask subscription service as I love masks!!!!!!!

 

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Beauteque official July Mask Maven bag:
1. Mediheal Black Eye Black Hydrolyzed Collagen Anti-Wrinkle Mask (Korea)
2. Esfolio Milk Essence Mask  (Korea)
3. Esfolio Gold Essence Mask – Colloidal Gold (Korea)
4. Tony Moly I’m Real Tea Tree Skin Soothing Sheet Mask (Korea)
5. AngelLooka Ultra Moisturizing Foot Mask Pack (Korea)
6. SNP Beijing Opera Brightening Mask (Korea)
7. Holika Holika Brightening Arbutin + Pearl Sheet Mask
8. Urban Dollar Kiss Welcome to Korea $solution Mask
9. Urban Dollar Kiss Welcome to Korea $recital Mask

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MaskGenie LoveMore Oriental Beauty Pouch

Earlier this year MaskGenie released a second limited edition pouch comprised of a variety  of masks (10 in total) from the Taiwanese brand LoveMore. This pouch retailed for $26.50 and has been restocked at least once. The cotton pouch was beautiful and reusable.

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Middle row: Wine Yeast Whitening and Rose Hybrida Whitening

Bottom row: Black Pearl True White, Rhondiola Antioxidant & Brightening, Yurong Scattered Amazing White and Cubilose Extract Hydrating & Firming Masks. 

As almost all the information on 95% of the masks are in a foreign language MaskGenie post monthly unpouchings where she gives an overview of the masks, provides tips on use and background information on the companies etc., of each mask. Here is the link/video to MaskGenie’s Oriental LoveMore Unpouching:

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MaskGenie – May 2015 Mask [Beauty Subscription] Pouch

I may have found the best subscription program to date. I was scrolling through Instagram on day and came across MaskGenie. If you love, no are obsessed with sheet masks then you will love this monthly program.

The rundown –  a monthly face mask subscription program based in Hong Kong. There is no membership/registration for this service. It is pay as go – each month you purchase that month’s pouch – meaning no auto billing as with other beauty subscription programs. Announcements on when pouches are available are made via MaskGenie’s Instagram and Facebook accounts. The owner Genie also does ‘Unpouchings’ and other reviews on her YouTube channel. She gives an overview of each masks, her experience (if she’s used it before), as well as tips. Another aspect of this service that I like is that she uses and provides indepth reviews the masks too. Not necessarily all the one featured each month but those that may have been previously included or to be in future

You can opt to receive either a 10 mask or 5 mask pouch for $22 or $12 respectively. Payment is via PayPal which I love and the price includes international shipping, which is always a plus. Once in awhile MaskGenie curates limited edition – themed pouches of varying prices that are quite popular and sell out quickly. Recently MaskGenie has added Weekend Pouches that go for $17 for 6-10 masks and are only available on the weekends.

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Overall, I am extremely pleased with this subcription service and as a huge fan of face masks of all types especialy sheet masks I will be sticking with this one for the forseeable future. I have used a few of these so far and will be posting individual reviews.

May 2015 MaskGenie Pouch included from L to R:
1.  Black Source Eye Sunglass Mask (Korea)
2.  Coni Beauty Orchid Whitening & Anti Wrinkle Mask (Taiwan)
3. Coni Beuaty Lotus Elastic & Hydrating Mask (Taiwan)
4. Nature Republic Help Me Help Ceramide Mask (Korea)
5. Seatree Steam Essence Mask (Korea)
6. Dr. Morita Moisturizing Essence Facial Mask (Taiwan)
7. Sexylook Rose Water Mask (Taiwan) – not realy sure what the name of this one is but as Rose Water is the 1st ingredient I went with that.
8. I.Skin Focus Strawberry Yogurt Mask (Japan)
9. Combos Skin Mulberry Antioxidant Mask (Korea)
10.  Kino Natural Detox Foot Patch (Japan)

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Influenster Frosty VoxBox

Here is a sneak peak at the latest Influenster VoxBox I received. This box contained a variety of products ranging from food to hair care. I really enjoyed this box except for the brush.

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From L to R: ExoTools Full Volume Styler, Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, a sample of No.7 Protect & Perfect iNtense Advanced Serum, Celestial Seasonings Candy Lane decaf Green Tea, McCormick All Natural Thyme herb seasoning, RedVines Cherry Fruit Vines Bites, Rimmel LOndon Eyeliner in Black and NYC Expert Last lipstick.

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