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I am a Memebox Ambassador and I will received products from time to time to test and review for my readers. I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing the Holika Holika Gudetama line that was recently released and of course, I said yes!! I have already reviewed some of their Gud line already but I was interested in the skincare products ~ I am not that much into BB cushions that much so I passed on those.
Holika Holika Lazy & Easy All Kill Cleanser Oil to Foam What a cute bottle! This cleansing product is housed in a clear bottle with lazy Gudetama floating on the front of it. It has a yellow pump applicator and I love how much thought was put into the design of this cleanser ~ Gud floating in a sea of gel, that looks like raw egg white to the bright yolk yellow pump. The pump dispenses the oil in a nice easy flow ~ no squirting out here.
There are no eggy ingredients in this cleanser, but three different types of seaweed, including kelp. This also contains olive oil and soap wort botanical plant extracts. I guess the “oil” in the “oil to foam” cleanser is the olive oil, but honestly, this doesn’t feel like an oil cleanser, but more of a runny gel.
Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamide DEA, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Saponaria Officinalis (soapwort) Leaf Extract, Laminaria Japonica (kelp) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (wakame/brown kelp) Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa (green seaweed) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance cosDNA analysis
Welp, the photo does not show much ~ it looks like water below, but it is thicker than water and very runny. The scent is very light and I cannot place it, but it isn’t unpleasant either. I wasn’t going to be impressed by this cleanser, I know it. Or did I really know?
I used some of my heavy duty stubborn makeup to test the cleansing abilities of the Gud ~ Tonymoly Delight Tint, Innisfree Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, mascara, brow tint, theBalm Meet the Matt(e) Hughes, Misshia Painting Rouge lippie. It doesn’t foam up that much ~ it has a light bubble foam and I did use my dual brush from Memebox to foam up the product, which is my normal routine when I use cleansers on my face. However, foam or not foam, wow ~ Does it clean up or what? No residue was left behind and when I use this product on my face, it doesn’t dry my skin or make it feel tight.
There HAS to be something wrong with this product, right? A novelty item has to have a high pH level ~ it has to… Nope, I did a pH test and it came out to what I think is a 5, making this slightly acidic.
So, quite frankly, whatever Holika Holika did with this novelty item, they created what I think is a pretty good cleanser ~ not that many ingredients, little scent, most excellent cleansing ability and a low pH factor. The design is outstanding ~ a cute bottle, great pump applicator and the gel looks like Gud’s raw runny egg whites! Full Size 150 mL RV $20.00 @ Memebox USA
Description: Holika Holika just uncomplicated the skincare game with its Lazy & Easy line, a cute collabo with Gudetama. This killer 2-in-1 cleanser makes it way too easy to wash up. It first dissolves makeup as a cleansing oil and then magically transforms into a foam cleanser to remove deep-seated dirt. Plus, its Olive Oil base and veggie extracts nourish as you massage, leaving your skin clean, healthy, and ready to soak in the next goodies of your skincare routine.
Holika Holika Lazy & Easy Smooth Egg Peeling Gel What is a peeling gel? Peeling gels are not peels ~ they are actually non-physical exfoliators that use fruit enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells and unclog pores, which you can see as you massage it onto your skin. They revitalize and refresh the skin and only remove a small amount of superficial skin. Peeling gels must be applied to clean, DRY skin, otherwise, they do not work as well. Peeling gels should also have an alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic, citric, lactic) as this acid helps in removing dead skin cells ~ lemons and papayas naturally contain alpha hydroxy acids. Another common ingredient is hyaluronic acid or glycerin, as that will increase moisture and hydration and improve your skin’s texture and tone. They should also have fibers in the product to help bind the dirt and dead skin cells and clump them into balls, away from your skin. Those clumps are part product (listed as acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer or carbomer or cellulose), part your skin cells, held together with the oils from your skin. If the clumps are greyish-white in color as well, don’t worry ~ that just means that your skin was dirty
This product does contain two different types of AHA’s ~ glycolic and citric acids ~ plus glycerin for moisturizing and the clumping fibers: carbomer and cellulose. I did do a “plate” test to see if the clumps would appear and they did not. Some peeling gels are bogus because they will “clump” on surfaces that aren’t human skin. This product also has eggs, from the Jiri Mountain region, and they are supposed to be more pristine and “natural” than other eggs.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Quaternium-60, Carbomer, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Egg Yolk Extract, Hydrolyzed Egg Shell Membrane, Cellulose, 1,2-Hexanediol, Egg Shell Powder, Vinegar, Disodium EDTA,Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance cosDNA analysis
This is the cutest packaging EVAH. To get to the product, just flip up the yolk cap and squeeze the rubber base to get to the gel. Once you get the gel, just flip the yolk cap back down and then place the “egg shell” top back on the container.
This gel has a medium weight texture and has a light floral scent, which is a a bit disappointing as I was hoping for fruit with all of the fruity extracts. Just apply to dry skin, gently massage in a circular motion, concentrating on and around your T-zone. As you can see in the photo below, it did clump up on my hand, collecting dead skin cells, dirt and oil.
Rinse off the product with warm/cool water and you should follow up with a soothing moisturizer. My skin felt really smooth and soft after using this gel ~ I should use peeling gels more often, but you have to apply to clean and dry skin. Normally when I wash my face, it is still moist and then to wait for it to dry and then apply the product is a bit time consuming for daily use. Size 140 mL RV $12.00 @ Memebox USA
Description: Holika Holika just uncomplicated the skincare game with its Lazy & Easy line, a cute collabo with Gudetama. This peeling gel is packed with natural eggs from Jiri Mountain, which tighten and pamper pores with much needed moisture while also removing sebum, blackheads, and whiteheads. As the gel rolls away, it quickly and gently sweeps away dead skin and dirt, leaving skin smooth and fresh, just like that.
Holika Holika Lazy & Easy All-In-One Master Essence ahaha ~ it looks like Gud is picking his/her/its nose here (or flipping me off!) This is an essence that is supposed to take the place of a toner, essence and skin gel. This essence comes in a very sturdy plastic bottle with a pump applicator ~ I thought it was made of metal at first ~ that is how weighty this product is.
Some of its important ingredients are ceramide 3, Japanese elm root and cork tree bark extracts.
It also contains a slew of botanical ingredients: centella, fig, portulaca oleracea, licorice, peony, parsley, arugula, aloe (should I make a salad?) Along with some oils ~ bergamot, lavender, lemongrass, orange, chamomile, geranium~ whose properties can include astringent, brightening, soothing, calming and anti-bacteria, anti-septic and anti-aging benefits.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, PEG-32, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Methyl Gluceth-20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Pentylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Ceramide 3 (NP), Ulmus Davidiana (Japanese Elm) Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus (Love-Lies-Bleeding) Seed Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Phellodendron Amurense (Cork Tree) Bark Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana (Kudzu) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora (Peony) Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale (Marsh Parsley) Root Extract, Eruca Sativa (Arugula) Leaf Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Soluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Polymethyl Methacrylate, C12-14 Pareth-12, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Inositol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, PVM/MA Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol cosDNA analysis
This certainly has a gel like texture and it has a floral-lavender scent to it ~ it actually is kinda nice! When I apply this to my skin, it feels like I am applying a facial primer, which might be due to the dimethicone ingredients in here.
It doesn’t leave behind a tacky or sticky residue and it does absorb into my skin after a few minutes. For the record, I have oily skin and it is very hot and humid right now where I live, so I bet this essence would perform better with dry skin or in drier, cooler weather.
This does increase my moisture/oil levels by 36% but it feels more heavy on my skin, probably due to the ‘cones and also the slickness of this essence. I think this would be better suited for me in the cooler months as it “feels” too much for my skin right now. That said, it didn’t cause me to breakout or turn my face into a grease pit ~ I just feel that I need lighter hydrating products to layer. This will be perfect for when the weather gets cooler, so I will put it aside ~ cause Winter Is Coming. I do think if you currently have dry skin or live in a dry area, this would be great to use now. Full Size 100 mL RV $39.00 @ Memebox USA
Description: Master the art of lazy (and smart) skincare with this all-in-one essence. It goes from non-sticky gel to toner to essence, and we think it’s totally genius! Holika Holika just uncomplicated the skincare game with its Lazy & Easy line, a cute collabo with Gudetama. This all-in-one skincare must-have functions as a calming gel, a revitalizing toner, and a moisturizing essence. Pumped with skin-strengthening Ceramide, it restores the health and suppleness of skin in, voilà, one easy step.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised and happy with the Holika Holika Gudetama series! I normally do not expect much from a novelty line, but Holika Holika does make some really nice skin care products, so they just took it a step further and made the packaging so kawaii! I do wonder if some of these items are already part of a series in Holika Holika, but not branded as Gudetama ~ I will have to check that out ~ as this line is a limited edition, and since the ingredients and products are pretty darn good, I would think they would continue to make these items, even without the Gud. Have you tried any of the Holika Holika Gudetama items? Which ones are of interest to you? Please let me know in the comments below!
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