Son & Park Beauty Water Review + Secrets Behind the Scenes

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Beauty Water, created by two celebrity makeup artists, Son & Park, is one of the products curated by Charlotte Cho, co-founder of Soko Glam. In addition to this, it is 2015 Soko Glam Beauty Award Winner, (well-deserved) and is one of the best K-beauty product at Sephora. But why this product is so popular?

What is Beauty Water?

Beauty Water is not your regular toner. Instead, it’s a multi-tasking beauty product with a consistency of water that delivers moisture to your skin, cleanses, adds glow and exfoliates – all at the same time!
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This cult favorite toner is your transition from the “cleansing” steps to “nourishing steps, as it creates a clean base for subsequent skincare products, while also preps the skin for makeup.
 
10 steps skincare routine
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The product is suitable for normal, oily, dry and combination skin types, and it even works for my sensitive skin. The pH level is 4.5, which means it is restoring the natural pH level of your skin after the cleansing step. 

Ingredients

Son & Park Beauty Water is packed with skin-loving oils and extracts. Lavender and rose flower water along with the orange fruit extract deliver hydration, green tea protects from environmental damage, prevents from premature aging and soothes irritation, while papaya and willow bark work as an exfoliator, revealing a smoother and brighter complexion. In addition to this, Beauty Water is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates.
 
Beauty Water and bubbles

Full List of Ingredients:

Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Xylitol, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Water, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit/Seed Oil, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Rose Flower Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Thuja Occidentalis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract , Mentha Piperita(Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Mentha Spicata Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Origanum Majorana Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Octanediol, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Protease, Alcohol Denat., Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

Beauty Water bottle

Even though it is quite gentle for the skin and works for my sensitive skin, it contains Alcohol and some PEGs and PPG. Nevertheless, their concentration is likely to be very little, as most of the ingredients (except for PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides) are at the bottom of the list.

The main concern of the PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, in its turn, is its possible contamination with such potential carcinogens as Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane. Nevertheless, some of the manufactures may have a policy on stripping down the contaminants, however, I couldn’t find any policy for Son & Park. Nevertheless, FDA considers PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides as “designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food“, since there is no strong evidence that PEGs and PPGs cause an adverse reaction to the skin or health. However, to be on the safe side, it’s better to avoid putting the product directly on broken skin.

How to Use:

Beauty Water can be used multiple times a day, including your morning and night routine as well as for refreshing the skin in between. There are a few ways to use Beauty Water.

  1. Use it as an exfoliating toner by moistening a cotton pad and gently sweeping across the face. 
  2. Use as a regular toner patting it into your skin before you apply your skin care products or to prep the skin before makeup application.

I prefer using it as my last “cleansing” step. I apply a little bit on a cotton pad, gently cleansing my face and neck. Besides, I also like to apply it before I put my makeup on since it gently smoothes my skin.

Son and Park Beauty Water bottle cap

I’ve almost finished my full size (11.49 oz / 340 ml) bottle and it has lasted me for over 7 months and I think the remaining amount of the product will last me another couple of months.

My Experience

As I mentioned, it feels like water on the skin and doesn’t leave any sticky feeling or residue. This K-beauty cult favorite product absorbs fast into the skin and gives me instantaneous glow.

Beauty Water Product Photography
Son & Park Beauty Water

I also love the packaging and the closure on the bottle since it prevents dispensing the excess product. I struggled to find the exact name for this type of closure, but hope you understand from the picture. If you know the right word, just leave it in the comments! 

Toner bottle

Overall, I loved this product a lot, and I’m likely to repurchase it if I don’t find an alternative with “cleaner” list of ingredients. 

You can also see me using this product in my latest video on Youtube:

The retail price for Beauty Water is $30.

Bonus Tip: How I took these pictures

In stories on my Instagram account, I asked if you, guys, would like to see behind the scenes more, so this section is for you!

My initial goal was to capture the bubble in the product. For that, I was using a tripod – his name is Slavik by the way, and my Nikon D800 with Nikkor 105 mm Micro lens. 

Excuse my “falling” #behindthescenes images, it’s quite hard to have only two arms outstretched in two different directions!

Some Technical Details

I’m a huge fan of adding sun rays into the picture. You can achieve this by closing your aperture to the max, in other words, choosing the highest number of your F stop. My lens gives me a chance to close it down to F/39! Can you imagine this?

Nevertheless, you have to be careful when you choose a high number of F stop, as all the dust that you have on the camera sensor will show on the picture. But you can always retouch the image, which is what I did, but it’s quite a time-consuming process, though.

This is a screenshot from Lightroom. All the grey rounds are the places I had to retouch to keep the photo “clean”! 

Lightroom retouch screenshot

My remote control stopped working, so I had to use a timer. I also attached an extra monitor from Neewer, so that I see what I’m shooting. I also had a reflector that I was trying to hold with my foot, but I’m sure it barely added any effect to this. I definitely need to invest in a stand.

Finally, I was experimenting!

The secret behind the background

I was shooting at home. It was a sunny day, around noon, and the sky had that perfect blue color. I pointed the camera upwards and used the sky through the window as my background. To my surprise, the dirty window didn’t ruin my picture. On the contrary, it added a sophisticated background to the photo! It looks like I used an extra source of light and sprinkled water from the back – this is what I did for the picture below back in a day. 

But this time, it was just a dirty window! Nothing fancy, right? 🙂

Behind the Scenes

How I could make these photographs better

I would probably use remote control and maybe a stand for the product so that I could be free in my movements. This would also help me lower the shutter speed and ISO number to achieve a well-exposed photo with less noise. I reduced the noise during post-production in Lightroom, but I prefer to do everything during the shooting. And I would probably take my camera to service for cleaning, before shooting on high F stops.

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Anyways, I really enjoyed experimenting, and I’m surprisingly happy with the result. The final pictures look like the bottle is immersed in water with sun rays shining through the top. Here is the photo fresh out of the camera and its edited copy. As you can see, all I did for post-production was a crop (for Instagram), retouching the dust, noise reduction, and slight adjustments of exposure and color.

By the way, how do you like the concept of adding “Behind The Scenes” Section to my blog posts? Let me know in the comments down below!

 

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