Category Archives: Korean Skin Care

Earth’s Recipe

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As summer is nearing the end, it means cooler weather and a drop in the humidity.  I’m slowly saying goodbye to the lightweight products that I have been slathering on all summer.  It’s time to bulk up with a heftier hydrators.  Heavy does not mean greasy.  It means finding a product with right hydrating ingredients.  Earth’s Recipe Toner, Brightening Serum and Moisturizer has been go-to skin routine.  The brand philosophy suits my pursuit to live more simply, naturally and conscious of the environment.  They use earth-friendly ingredients and never test their cosmetics on animals.  Each product is created to hydrate and illuminate the skin.  All of their products contain the brand’s secrete ingredients known as Tremella mushroom, that can hold 5X more moisture than its size, and rich in Vitamin B1, B2, D that detoxes and prevents the skin from aging.

Energy Boosting Toner – This toner is designed for nourishing and moisturizing the skin with its lineup of amazing botanical extracts with powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-wrinkle and brightening effects (japonica, licorice, soybean, orange, bergamot) The texture is light and thin, which makes it absorb into the skin quickly.  But it is so powerful in reaching the deepest layer, making my skin supple and soft.  The natural ingredients provide amazing moisture for any skin type and really keeps my skin in balance, and revealing the natural clarity and glow.  In addition it will brighten and decrease wrinkles.

Gigawhite Radiance Serum – My routine always contain a brightening serum.  This one contains some powerful ingredients: Gigawhite complex which is a blend of botanical extracts including Edelweiss, Peppermint, Veronica, Primerose and Lemon balm to improve the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance.  Also contains tranexamic acid, the star ingredient in one of my brand favorite Shiseido White Lucent line, that has ‘skin lightening’ effect on pigments and melasma as powerful as hydroquinone, minus the side effect.  The serum is clear, and the texture is silky and smooth.  It blends into my skin with ease and the formula is highly concentrated.  A little certain go a long way with this products.  I love the pump dispenser because it delivers the same amount of product every time.  It’s also got a lovely scent that keeps your skin smelling fresh while it moistens.

Moisture Bound Cream – Last but not least, the star product of this line.  I aboslutely love this moisturizer because I feel like it reduce the presence of fine lines by really plump and hydrate the skin.  It contains ceramides, which are the essential and healthy fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need to be replenished during the cooling months.  Also formulated with white jelly natural herbs that are rich in collagen and bean ferment extract and yam complex that sooth and revitalize tired skin.  This is a perfect daily moisturizer for both day and night time.  During the daytime, it has a luxuriously silky texture that spreads into a thin layer that plumps the skin for the ultimate makeup base.  At night, I apply a thicker layer to get the full benefit of intense hydration that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and support the natural hylauronic acid.   No fragrance, none-pore clogging, and simply works to help my skin reveals radiance and brightness from within.

 

You can find all of Earth’s Recipe’s fabulous products the company website through Amazon.

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My Current Skin Saver – iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum

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I love trying new skin care products and getting professional skin treatment.  But sometimes, at the worst of the times, my face reacts to a product or treatment, and freaks out and starts to burn, sting, and become super red.  So I always have a few products in my reserve that is specifically targeted toward sensitive skin, help to nourish, treat and hydrate without causing further damage.  My current go-to has been the iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum.

PRICE:

$15.49/ 50ml from unique4u.net

WHAT IT IS

  • A calming skin soothing serum

WHAT IT DOES

  • A gentle solution for problematic skin formulated with tea tree oil and centella asiatica leaf water and 6 sprout exract to naturally hydrate, sooth and nourish skin

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • 67% tea tree extract – SKIN SOOTHING; contains 67% tea tree leaf instead of purified water to help with immediate skin soothing and moisturizing
  • 19.5% Centella Asiatica leaf – SKIN HYDRATION AND ANTIAGING; contains madecassoside that protect the skin molecules from degradation thus works to prolong skin’s youthfula ppearance; boost skin barrier function and moisture-retention
  • 6% sprout extract (rapeseed, brocolli, wheat, alfafa, radish, cabbage) – SKIN NOURISHMENT; rich in organic nutrients like vitamins, minerals and enzymes provide abundant moisture and nutrition
  • Niacinamide and adenosine: SKIN WHITENING AND ANTIAGING, confirmed as pharmceutical ingredient to improve skin tone and wrinkle

FORMULATION

  • Texture: thin and soft, oil free
  • Color and Fragrance: light green color, soft natural floral scent
  • Feel: moist, smooth, silky

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WHY I LOVE IT!

I have been so impressed this UNIK tea tree serum.  I have been looking for a good relief serum in my routine for days when my skin’s irritated, after treatment or just feels too sensitive.  The formulation of this serum is stellar.  Tea tree oil has anti-septic and healing properties to reduce skin irritation and inflammation.  Centella helps to heal, provide moisture and protect skin barrier while botanical extracts keep the skin balanced and hydrated.  These functions are the fundamental essentials to support healthy skin healing.  The serum is so gentle, soothing and most importantly effective.  There is an immediate cooling and soothing when first applied.  My skin just soak up this product like a sponge.  Simply said, it immediately helps to improve the comfort and appearance of irritated skin while delivering a rush of soothing hydration to keep the skin healthy.  If you are looking for an affordable relief serum that delivers result, I highly recommend this iUnik Tea Tree Relief Serum to try!

 

 

 

My Obsession with 7-Skin Method – Using Alive:Lab True Love Set

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ABOUT ALIVE:LAB

Alive:Lab’s philosophy is to help you achieve clear, healthy and transparent skin.  The brand embrace natural ingredients, making products that are gentle, safe and effective for all skin types.  Credited with relying less on cosmetic treatments and more on beautiful skin from the inside out.  What really stands out about Alive lab is they make skin care unique and fun including products like: Red Spot Lemon powder for acne treatment, Cotton Candy Balls for exfoliation (on my wishlist), and Pocket Ball Cushion that dispenses product through a ball-rolling action, providing a base formulation and allow easy blending and refreshment of makeup.

Alive:Lab TRUE LOVE SET is based using key ingredients of cabbage rose water and eucalyptus leaf oil.  Cabbage rose or the Moroccan rose, has a light, clean and sweet scent.  The flower extract is thought to be beneficial in toning the skin.  It also contains a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants with excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin.  Additional benefits including antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acneic skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help treat redness and inflammation.  Eucalyptus oil has woody and sweet scent, and especially good for oily complexion.  It has been largely used for first aide purposes to heal skin wounds, but have a lot of offer skincare formulation with antibacterial, antiseptic, hydrating and relaxing properties.  These buzzworthy natural ingredients are vital to skin health and totally are worth the hype.

The True Love Story Toner

PRICE: $16.82 at StyleKorean

WHAT IT IS

  • An alcohol-free, hypoallergenic toner that replenishes and balances skin

WHAT IT DOES

  • The hydrating toner infused with rose water and eucalyptus leaf essential oil to tone and sooth skin, replenishes and balance skin’s moisture level, and prepares skin to absorb serums and moisturizers more efficiently.
PACKAGING
  • The toner is packed in a baby pink plastic bottle, simple yet chic.  The dispenser is the standard flat-top with a central opening.  It displaces a small amount for each use.
TEXTURE
  • Slightly more viscous than water, very light and fluid.
FRAGRANCE
  • Has the pleasant and relaxing scent or rose flower, which dissipates immediately after application.
WHY I LOVE IT
I love toners that are versatile not only as a light hydrating toner to be used during the daytime after cleansing, as well as build-able toner for the ultimate hydration with the 7-skin method.  The toner has a light but uniquely bouncy texture, and really does wonders in improving skin tone and its supple feel.  This product is ideal for the 7 Skin method because it is alcohol-free.  Yet it contains so many nourishing ingredients, when layered, give results as good as a traditional moisturizer.  The first layer requires a gentle wipe with a cotton pad, and this help to remove any residual surface debris from the cleanser, while also refining the appearance of pores for  deeply hydrated velvety soft complexion.  With each sequential steps of patting and layering, it helps to tone down redness in my skin.  On days I use this instead of layering my other products, my skin would literally feel supple yet so light, and plump from within, and just looks incredibly dewy with no grease what-so-ever.  I feel hydrated throughout the day even in dry, air-conditioned environment.
Overall, I am in love with this wonderfully light but deeply hydrating toner.  The best is when I follow the toner with their emulsion.  Oh, my life is complete.  The sweet, blossom aroma of rose calms and soothes the mind.  I also emptied some into a carry-on spray bottle to use throughout the day to instantly feel hydrated and refreshed.

The True Love Story EMULSION

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PRICE: $16.82 / 200ml at StyleKorean

WHAT IT IS

  • A moisture-rich, yet light-textured balancing and skin hydrating emulsion

WHAT IT DOES

  • Infused with rose water to provide nonstop moisture, and balance oil and give skin petal-soft finish

WHY I LOVE IT

In a nutshell: Emulsions are lighter versions of moisturizing creams. Unlike most heavy facial creams, emulsions are typically water based, which means they go on lighter and thinner than creams.   I would describe this as exact that.  It’s a lightweight, fast-absorbing formula yet intensely hydrate and retain moisture for a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.  Rose water soothes, while Eucalyptus leaf oil nourishes.  The slight bouncy texture that is perfect for normal to combination skin, by providing it with oil-free hydration, leaving it soft and smooth.  My skin feels moisturized yet completely breathable.  No irritation or pore clogging when I use this product.  The formula help to restore a healthy oil balance, while blend of botanical extracts help to smooth rough texture.  The mild floral and essential oil scent adds to the sensory experience.

Find their products at www.stylekorean.com .  Make sure to follow Alive lab on their SNS and visit their website for more products www.alivelab-shop.com!

 

How to Enhance Your Sheet Masking Experience At Home – Leegeehaam Deep & Quick Ion Enhancer

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I don’t know about you, but after a long week, I look to a few key products to help supercharge my skin. I can always count on a good sheet mask to quickly sooth, moisturize and revitalize my skin.  Are you as curious as me about this new trend in skin care, called Iontophoresis? Leegeehaam created a product where you can add this treatment at home, designed to get the even more out of your sheet masks!

WHAT IS IONTOPHORESIS? 

This is a technique whereby an electric microcurrent helps to transfer and deliver nutrient formula of facial mask into the skin cells more effectively, compared to a passive diffusion of ingredient from a sheet mask on its own.  In theory, this is a great product to enhance your facial treatment at home.  We all love the benefits of sheet masks.  Now we can enjoy iontophoresis treatment that will allow these nutrients to penetrate deeper and provide faster and even more effective results.

MY EXPERIENCE

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Of course, I have to use the LGH Wannabe Green Fit for the first trial.  The mask itself is a treat on its own.  It contains 33ml of luxurious essence.  I can always depend on tea tree product for a natural treatment to help unblock sebaceous glands, and to help combat blemishes, and sooth irritated skin to give me clearer and calmer complexion.  The essence also contains sodium PCA, considered one of the major components of our skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF), has multiple functions such as retaining moisture, anti-aging, maintaining healthy skin barrier and anti-inflammation.  Additionally there is Vitamin E, a potent anti-oxidant to help combat spots and pigments and brighten uneven skin tones.  Trehalose, hyaluronic acid and multiple botanical extract provide ample hydration, and revitalize the skin.  The special cupra sheet retains moisture so the mask won’t dry out, and conforms and adheres to the skin perfectly.  The fit is medium, and there’s no detectable scent, perfect for sensitive skin.  The ionic infusion essence of the mask is specifically designed to work in synergy with the device to deliver the nutrient ingredients into the skin.

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Well, how did the Deep & Quick Ion Enhancer affect my masking experience?  Although it is an extra step, but it‘s convenient.  You wear it almost like a head set, with the two electrode pads sits comfortably in the cheek area.  No pressure, no pain, no heating sensation.    It’s hands- free and automatically set to work for twenty minutes.  It’s compact, light-weight and portable for travels.  There is no irritation or downtime, making this a safe at-home treatment to enhance my masking experience.  Lastly, it’s simple to operate, and the battery can be easily replaced to help with maintenance.  One button for On-Off, and it allows setting of three different intensity levels.  Press once for BLUE LED (lowest intensity) for sensitive skin.  Press twice for PURPLE LED (medium intensity) for dry skin and Press three for RED/PINK LED (highest intensity) for oily skin types.  Press button one to three times for different level of micro-current.

Have you used anything like this?

White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion

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We all want glowing and radiant skin.  I feel one of the first steps towards achieving this is using products that help to even out skin tone.  I have a variety of products containing active ingredients such as Vitamin C and AHA to help ‘lightening’ of spots and scars.  However, sometimes ‘Natural Beauty Is The Best Beauty.’  This philosophy led me to discover The Plant Base White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion, which is the newest addition to my routine, and works to brighten skin a little bit differently: through a natural and gentle approach by including botanical powerhouse of white truffle, Korean ginseng and herbal extracts.  

 

Yes, the name of this product gives high expectations.  Let me tell you, it does not disappoint!  I’m still trying to figure out where an ’emulsion’ fit into my skin care routine.  I feel is best used after my serum, and in replacement of  my daytime cream.  The product really works well with my skin’s natural oil to help create a light moisture barrier and promote hydration.  It’s water-based and does not clog pores, and therefore perfect for combination skin like mine.

About The Plant Base

‘The Plant Base’, is a Korean skincare brand renowned for its natural and certified organic ingredients philosophy.  Recently they introduced the Whitening line known as ‘White Truffle’.  The unique fact about this company is all of their products are formulated using plant extracted instead of refined water.  This is designed to boost the power and effect of their products on all skin types with real, natural ingredients.  Korean Ginseng extracted water is the base for the ‘white truffle’ products, working in synergy with the white truffle to create a perfect collection, designed to fight the signs of skin ageing such as pigmentation, wrinkles, dehydration, loss of elasticity and uneven skin tone.

White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion

WHAT IT IS

  • An anti-aging, brightening and tone up emulsion

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • White truffle
    • Antiaging: naturally high in minerals and vitamins that aid with the skin’s natural renewal process and soothe inflamed skin.  Also packed with essential fatty acids that diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, provide hydration for skin that’s soft and smooth to the touch.
    • Fight spots: High vitamin C content, which makes them effective in naturally brightening and refresh tired and dull skin.  

    • Skin repairing: high in Niacinamide (vitamin B3) which is essential in repairing damaged skin

  • Plant extracted water 57.55% Ginseng Extract water: Rich in vitamin, organic acid and mineral that helps to improve skin elasticity and tone
  • Niacinamide: products only need to contain 2% niacinamide to be classified providing ‘whitening function’.  THE PLANT BASE use maximum 5%, approved by KFDA;  Vitamin B3, is water soluble vitamin that reduces melanin production assist in skin whitening and alleviate freckle and pigments
  • Antioxidants: white truffle, ginseng, licorice root extract, anise flower extract, thuja leaf extract, white mulberry tree extract.
  • Skin Brightening ingredients
    • Resmelin™: complex of Thujaorientalis Leaf extract and Zanthoxylumpiperitum peel extract. It is a patented whitening ingredient due to its ability to hinder melanosome formation.
    • Inflax™: a complex of medicinal herb extract consisting of Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice), Persimmon Leaf, Morus Alba Bark and Opuntia Coccinellifera that works as an antioxidant and soothes skin.

REVIEW

The product had me at its ingredients.  Luxurious and full of skin essentials, the combination of white truffle and Korea Ginseng made the perfect ‘tone up’ product to clarify skin tone, balance and brighten skin as well as to fight hyperpigmentations and discolorations.  The extraordinary antioxidant properties also make this a great ally against aging for a more youthful looking skin.  The product is dispensed in a pump bottle, and the color is a prestine white and texture is a lightweight, milky lotion that instantly absorbs into the skin, and in fact leaves skin silky soft without any stickiness.  It has a mild floral scent.  Despite the light texture, I feel it is an exceptional nourishing cream that balances out skin’s moisture and oil for a more ideal skin condition and healthy balanced complexion.  It make my face brighter, and not at all greasy.

 

I recommend this product to people who wants to correct skin tone, help lighten pigment, moisturize and brighten the skin (which describes me perfectly).  The product is ‘water’ or ginseng extract based, and those who has oily skin would benefit from this emulsion because of its light texture.  Overall I find this product adds a great deal of comfort and moisture to my skin, in a light non-clogging way.  The product have a clean packaging design, and I really do appreciate the English ingredient list and directions.

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The White Truffle products will soon be available to North America consumers through Kbeautie.  I absolutely love their unique selection of Korean Beauty products (many are natural) that are not easily found elsewhere.

How I Sebum Control – Leegeehaam 5-alpha Control + Emulsion

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Korean skin care is not all just about the weird and the wonderful like snail secretions and donkey milk.  LeeGeeHaam (formerly Leejiham LJH Cosmetics) is first company in Korea to develop cosmeceutical (combining cosmetic and pharmaceutical) for the enhancement of skin health.  This product really brings forward and showcases the innovative technology and science behind Korean skin care.  I had to do a little research as to how this product help to balance sebum and why it is called ‘5 alpha’.  If you are science nerd like me, feel free to read on.

Acne prone skin are sensitive to hormone, specifically androgen hormones (testosterone) that act on the skin and increase sebum production.  Skin converts testosterone into a compound called DHT through an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which is shown to be over-expressed in acne-prone skin.  LeeGeeHam captured this fabulous concept and made the 5-alpha line that inhibits 5-alpha reductase, and thereby help to minimize sebum production, the core of which cause oily t-zone and acne.  The product features a variety of extracts, mainly botanical that regulates the production of sebum to a normal level by inhibiting the 5α-reductase.  No one likes a dried stripped skin, so at the same time, the product contains ingredients that will deliver essential nourishment, without exacerbating sebum protection, and really balances the oil without disrupting the lipid layer.  From their website:

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5-Alpha Control Emulsion5-Alpha Control Emulsion

PRICE: $48 / 100mL from Leegeehaam Cosmetics US

WHAT IT IS

  • An mineral/oil-free emulsion that prevents oil and shine without leaving skin dry and tight

WHAT IT DOES

  • Contains a high concentration of Seicontrol A5, the key ingredient for shine control
  • Cleanse pores and control sebum
  • Balance oil and alleviate blemishes
  • Soothes skin comfortably through generous moisture delivery

DIRECTIONS

  • Pump 2-3 times and apply over the face; gently pat to absorb better
NOTABLE INGREDENTS
Oleanolic acid, propolis, mushroom complex extract, evermat, Regu-sebu, Olive oil extract, sebum control A5
  • Sebum control A5 – this acts on the 5-alpha reductase that converts testosterone into di-hydrotestosterone which in turn stimulate sebum formation in sebaceous gland
  • Witch Hazel – tightens the widened pores
  • Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract – balance the skin by controlling unnecessary oil and shine
  • Oleanolic acid – an ingredient extracted from olive leaves, are also found to have anti-aging and elasticity-improving benefits in addition to its anti-microbial property.
  • Mushroom complex extract – mild astringent, helps to refine skin tone and texture; clarify and tighten pores
  • Sodium hyaluronate
WHY I LOVE IT
Bye-bye oily t-zone! Like many of the LGH products I’ve tried, this product follows through on its claims!  I keep on going back to LJH products because they are safe, hypoallergenic yet dermatologically tested to be effective, and just works well on my sensitive skin.  The 5-alpha Control Emulsion really does help to maintain a perfect balance of shine control without over-drying.  I tested this product by adding this into my daily routine (after toning), and then tried a few days without it.  With this in my routine, my t-zone is able to remain oil free for majority of the day without having to dab or reapply makeup.  The product is very light weight, resemble a milky essence.  It feels fresh and melts effortlessly into the skin, and instantly transform into a matte finish.   It has a light garden scent to it, not over-bearing.  Many oil control products can be dry and stripping.  What I love about this product is that it effectively controls shine, while keeping the skin healthy, moisturized and softened!

In the ideal world, my oily skin would stay matte for ever.  This helps to control the shine for at least a good eight hours.  The brand does have an entire 5-alpha line of product including cleanser, serums et al.  Perhaps the result will be compounded when these products are used together.  Of course, you also need to make sure the other products in your routine are specifically designed for oily and combination skin.  Lastly, one cannot forget the importance of a good diet on skin health.

 

 How do you control your shine?

 

Adaline GOLDEN AGE SHEET MASKS

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Every once in a while, I like to treat myself to some finer things in life, like truffle and caviar, to my belly and on my face.  Adaline created GOLDEN AGE lavished in these luxury ingredients, designed to be the ultimate anti-aging sheetmasks.  They call these ingredients ‘foodmetic’ (food and cosmetic) that work to enhance collagen product, speed up cell regeneration, unmask softer and more youthful skin with less visible dark spots and wrinkles. The best part is that you don’t even pay premium prices for these ‘premium’ masks!   You can find them on Amazon $21.99/6 sheet masks.

THE GOLDEN AGE CAVIAR MASK

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WHAT IT IS

  • Anti-wrinkle and Nourishing Sheet mask

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Caviar like plenty of marine ingredients, is highly moisturizing.  Caviar is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help maintain optimal levels of hydration in the skin, repair its protective barrier, and promote brightness and luminosity.
  • Skin brightening: pearl powder, glutathione, thioctic acid, silk extract
  • Moisture: propolis extract, niacinamide
  • Soothing: camellia sinesis leaf extract, ginger, coptis japonica extract
  • Stimulate collagen: silk protein

WHY I LOVE IT

This is certainly a premium sheet mask that combines decadent caviar and luxurious silk protein and pearl for firmer and younger looking skin. In a sheetmask form, this makes me feel that every last drop of the indulgent ingredients are delivered deep into my skin.   The mask comes in an upper and lower face, and contoured to rest on my face comfortably, and saturated essence. One session is enough to give me dewy glow, and baby soft supple skin. The powerful dose of moisture and nourishing ingredients certainly help to firm, plump and soften my fine lines and wrinkles. I also love a mask that contains collagen boosting ingredient, which means with repeat use, it can help to firm skin and improve skin elasticity.  Silk is rich in amino acids which are the building structure of collagen. When integrated, they can work wonders on improving sagging skin and combat gravity and dull complexion. This is definitely a mask that I will need to add repeatedly into my routine to get all the skin firming benefits!

 

The Golden Age Truffle Mask

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WHAT IT IS

  • Antiaging and Revitalizing Sheet Mask with a Synergist Ampoule

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Similar to Caviar Mask with the exception of ‘truffle’
  • Researchers found out that truffles revitalize the skin’s natural age-fighting abilities. They energize the cells to better defend and repair themselves. The regular application of truffle skin care products yields an elastic, younger-looking skin.

WHY I LOVE IT

This mask comes with a Mask Synergist Ampoule (1ml) designed to maximize the effect of the mask. The ampoule is really a skin booster that aims to improve the overall health of the skin surface, to enhance skin’s absorption of nutrients and moisture from the mask. The ampoule provides a thin watery veil on my skin, and provides it with just a boost of hydration. The mask then help to seal the moisture while delivering powerful ingredients that help to target specific concerns of sagging skin and dull and uneven complexion. Truffle is perfect for maintaining a healthy skin balance, while adenosine and silk enhances skin elasticity to give you that soft supple skin. Arginine help to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, while niacinamide and botanical extract serve as moisture barrier. It’s such a fun and effective mask that leave my skin hydrated and boosting with radiance.

 

 

Just Concentrate on Ingredients: Celranico

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Finding skincare that delivers superb results without spending a fortune is near and dear to my heart.  I am obsessed with Celranico’s selection of inexpensive makeup and skin care that are amazing finds as great as some luxurious counterparts.   Designed for quality skincare and makeup wth functional packaging, it is ideal for women on the go.  You can find Celranico products at K Beautie, the first exclusive Korean beauty website to only carry paraben-free products.  They also carry a fabulous selection of up-and-coming kbeauty brands you may not have heard of but just might become your new favorites, as they have for me!

Celranico is a Korean comsetic brand inspired by simple packaging, safe and quality ingredients.  Their philosophy is “back to basics, just concentrate on ingredients” rather than fancy packaging.  They invest on making products that are effective and feel good, high quality yet with reasonable prices.  Let me tell you, all of their products fulfill their moto.  Their products from cosmetics (‘It’s Chic lipsticks) to skincare (facial essence and eye serum: reviewed below) are some of the most feel-good products my skin has ever experienced.  All products are produced from GMP production line which are approved Korean FDA and ISO.  Here are two of their products that offer their claimed effects, inspiring textures and appealing skin sensations.

Green Tea Seed Oil Balancing Essence

PRICE

  • $19 / 60mL
WHAT IT IS
  • Moist rich essence
WHAT IT DOES
  • For deep hydration and nourishment
  • Refresh and sooth skin
TEXTURE/FEEL/FRAGRANCE
  • White gel-like texture
  • Featherweight
  • Natural scent
NOTABLE INGREDIENTS
  • Camellia sinesis seed oil – extracted from seeds of Camellia sinesis, the plant from which all tea is made out of; has many therapeutic properties
    • Brilliant moistruzier
    • Super antioxidant, antiaging
    • Anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory
    • Mild astringent
REVIEW
I used to be a skin-care minimalist, but adding an essence into my routine is an extra step that I don’t skip now.  Mainly because, despite combination skin, my skin has definitely gotten drier and duller in my 30’s.  I always look for an essence that contains well known hydrators such as glycerin and botanical extracts and oils like this one.  This essence is particularly lightweight, and feels like a splash of fruit-infused spa water on my face, yet capable of penetrating deep into the skin to help deliver added hydration and boost moisture level before my usual serum/moisturizers.  The ingredient itself is enough for me to get excited.  Green tea seed oil is rich in amino acids and minerals, and really keeps skin nourished and protected.   It also helps to control sebum and keeps skin smooth without shine.  Majority of the other ingredients are ‘humectant emollients’ that helps to attract water to the skin.
To reap the essence most benefit, I apply right after I step out of the shower, or immediately after I wash my face.  Clean, damp skin is more permeable than dry skin.  The product comes in a simple chic green plastic bottle, in a pump dispenser form.  Two pumps are all I need for application on my face and neck.  The product gives a very pleasant and refreshing feeling each time.  The moisturizing effect is absolute wonders, yet light enough to be followed by other products.

Return to Nature Pore Eye Serum

PRICE
  • $21/50mL
WHAT IT IS
  • A skin-tightening eye serum
WHAT IT DOES
  • Moisturize, soften, and strengthen the delicate skin around the eye
  • Brightens and tightens skin around the eye
  • Wrinkle care
TEXTURE/LOOK/FRAGRANCE
  • Clear gel/serum hybrid
  • Lightweight, bouncy texture
  • No discernible smell
REVIEW
My eyes is prone to bags more than hollows, and fine lines.  The need for a good eye product is undeniable.   I don’t look for miracle eye products.  I think lifestyle such as lack of sleep more so affect the condition of my eye than any eye cream.  However, I do feel that a good eye product can help to depuff the eye to take away some tiredness, and at least help to plump, hydrate and smooth the skin to prevent further appearance of fine line and dark circles.  I feel this one by Celranico does exactly that.
A closer look at the texture reveals it’s oil-free gel/serum hybrid that easily blends smooth and cools with application.  I love how bouncy, mosturizing and lightweight this eye product is.  It literally has a silky soft sensation when massaged onto the delicate skin of the eye, and absorbs quickly to sooth and nourish.  Most ingredients are safe, and are in fact emollients, solvents and surfactants that make up the texture and body of the product.  It works just as well as some of the more expensive eye creams I have tried, in terms of depuffing and plumping, and I feel certainly deserve the price tag.  I appreciate this eye product comes in a pump bottle, so it’s much more convenient and hygienic.
To be honest, I’ve never used an eye ‘serum’ before but I can definitely see some additional benefit of this compared to an eye ‘cream.’  This product is definitely more fluid and lighter than any eye cream I’ve used, and in fact absorbs into the skin more easily.  It doesn’t leave any greasy residue behind, and thus doesn’t make their way into the eye, which can be irritating.
Have you tried an ‘eye serum’ before? If you are interested in trying Celranico products, Kbeauty has a huge selection that will meet the needs of every step of your skin care.  I highly recommend trying out one of their It’s Chic Lipsticks.   Not only is the packaging luxuriously gold so it’ll make you want to hoard every tube, its hydrating and healing effects truly make it a must-have product.  Check out my review on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/BYL7LDVhKM2/

New Beauty Finds: Eleven Huesday

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I’m not afraid to feature new beauty finds; but they must be worth my skin’s time in terms of ‘efficiency and effectiveness’.  In fact, Eleven Huesday does not yet have a cult following.  If you google, there are not many reviews currently in English.  What attracted me to this brand is their no-fuss three pillars of optimizing good skin, which really resonate with my skin philosophy: (1) Hydration, (2) Balance, and (3) Protection of skin barrier.  Every one of their products is carefully formulated to enhance and invigorate the health of skin, and deliver results on these three simple steps.  I’ve previously reviewed their Deep Balancing Toner, that has easily been incorporated into my daily routine.  Their ultra deep repairing serums are complexion potions that cater to some of my biggest skin-care concerns.  It comes in four specialized formulations: antioxidant/regenerating, intensive hydration, trouble care and dark spot/pigments.  The serum can be used individually depending on skin needs, or layered.  Today I will be reviewing their Antioxidant Aging Barrier and De-spot Luminosity serums.

Antioxidant Aging Barrier – their best sellers

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PRICE:

  • $29 / 30mL

WHAT IT IS

  • Intense anti-oxidant and rejuvenation serum

WHAT IT DOES

  • Anti-aging booster serum, that stimulate skin renewal and repair with EGF (epidermal growth factor) and Multi-peptides for anti-aging effect; formulated with anti-oxidant for skin protection

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS:

  • EGF: Normalizes skin turnover, Calming and rejuvenation effects
  • Multi Peptide: Enhances skin barrier, Improves elasticity of the skin from synthesis of collagen; help to regenerate skin cells and reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; stimulate collagen and elastin to improve skin firmness and tone
  • Salmon DNA: Prevents external and environmental damages; increases skin’s immune system, Rejuvenation effect

TEXTURE/FEEL/LOOK:

  • Clear and has a viscous slippery texture that feels light and absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling; scent:

WHY I LIKE IT:

This product is a perfect balance of moisture and effectiveness in an anti-aging serum.  The ingredients focus on preventing, masking and reducing signs of aging by improving skin hydration and regeneration to help develop a youthful skin from inside out.  Everything about a dropper dispenser make it convenient and controlled.  Two to three drops are just right amount of product I need to use to cover my face and neck.  The serum has an impressive level of light consistency that absorbs seamlessly into the skin.  There is no feeling of oiliness or stickiness once applied.  Moreover, my sense are treated with a mild floral fragrance, while this left my skin supple and hydrated.  Over the ensuing weeks of use, I have not experienced any breakouts or sensitive reaction.  The power of intense moisture has softened fine lines, and my skin feels more bouncy and firm.  The price is not a splurge and totally worthwhile the investment.

De-spot Luminosity Serum

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PRICE:

  • $29 / 30mL

WHAT IT IS:

  • A skin brightening treatment serum

WHAT IT DOES:

  • A whitening serum that contains skin brightening complex that addresses spots and uneven skin tones due to aging, sun damage and scarring.  Designed to prevent further photo aging through inhibiting melanin, as well as whitening ingredients that brighten entire skin complexion

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS:

  • Tranexanmic acid: It is the main ingredient to care of pigmentation. It prevents to produce melanin and brings whitening effect on pigmentations and chloasama.
  • Tetrapeptide 51: It is patented new material which has peptide derived by silkworm and peptide derivatives which has anti-aging and anti-oxidant effects. It protects the skin from photoaging.
  • Chilbaksan: It consists of 7 kinds of white herbs to provide whitening, moisturizing and nourishing effect so that it leaves healthy and bright complexion.
    • (1) White Poria Cocos Extract : Moisturizing, Soothing, Firming-up;
    • (2) Bletia Hyacinthina Bulb Extract : Anti-oxidant, Soothing, Enhancement of moisturizing;
    • (3) White Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract : Improvement of brightening skin tone;
    • (4) Dried ginkgo biloba seed : Skin protection from free radical, Anti-oxidant, Revitalizing;
    • (5) White ginseng : Anti-oxidant from free radical, Skin protection, Revitalizing;
    • (6) Atractylodes japonica : Inhibition of melanin production, Whitening effect;
    • (7) Sandalwood Extract : Anti-oxidant, Soothing, Moisturizing

TEXTURE/SCENT/FEEL:

  • Silky, easy slip, white lotion-like
  • Natural scent from cherry blossom

WHY I LIKE IT:

Lighten spots, and brighten skin tone no longer has to be painful, peeling nor irritating.  Hydroquinone is out and tranxemic acid is in for skin brightening and lightening.  Tranexamic acid is a protease inhibitor that rapidly suppresses the activity of tyrosinase and melanocytes. After its entry into the dermis, it increases collagen synthesis directly and inhibit the formation of melanin, making it so effective at eliminate black spots and prevents and reduces pigmentation.

While keeping the ingredients safe to the skin, this De-Spot serum is a powerful but non-irritating formula designed to diminish appearance of age spot and discoloration, all the while maintaining skin tone clarity.  Uneven complexion is my skin foes, along with the dark spot left over from my sun-bathing days and current battle of hormonal acne.  Spot and tone correctors are such key in my skin care regimen.  Unlike many ‘skin lightening’ products, this one does not irritate my skin, causing redness or dryness or burning.  If you experience these effect, it can be counter productive as excessive peeling can lead to a bigger problem: hyperpigmentation.  The formula is a perfect blend of aqueous and oil ingredients for a silky smooth application, and non-sticky absorption that nourishes the skin.  With consistent daily use, it has made a noticeable difference in correcting my skin imperfections and discolorations.  Overall my skin looks fresh and more clear, and the results just continues to get better with time.   While the main effect is treatment and prevention of spot, the product does not compromise on other factors important in maintaining skin healthy: packed with antioxidants, as well as natural hydrators, this lightweight fluid keeps my skin comfortably moisturized and protected.  This has also helped with some blemishes and speed the healing process.  I feel this gentle formulation is ideal for those with sensitive skin, yet still looking for an effective skin brightening treatment product.

You can find both of these products on Amazon for $29/30mL.

 

Softest, Most Comforting Hydrating Mask: Dr. Grand+

Dr. Grand+ is considered a ‘derma-cosmetic’ brand creating skin care products that are clinical-grade with anti-aging and brightening solutions.  Sheet mask is always a great way to be introduced to a new brand.

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What intrigued me about these masks are two things:

(1) ‘4 Dimensional Facial Contouring’.  Based on my understanding, this is describing the 4D stretch design of the mask to perfectly cover the entire face with minimal creasing or gap, and thus seriously treat every aspect of the skin for a noticeably lifted look, along with firmer and smoother skin.  The mask has a stretchy texture when wet and literally touches every skin surface.

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(2) The unique mask material that makes this one of the softest, most highly absorbent, and most comforting sheet masks I’ve ever used!  Now that I’m trying to mask daily, I can really appreciate the differences in mask material and texture, and ultimately the way it feels and the result it has on my skin.  The characteristics of these mask are described to contain high quality cotton linter as material, using filaments mutual self-bonding features and non-woven.  This translates to masks that has high liquid absorption and retention compared to regular cotton.  The non-woven aspect allows the mask to be highly breathable.  When the mask is wet, it is a transparent sheet with the essence permeating the filament.  When mask is dry (picture below), the intricate filament is appreciated.  The mask is stretchy, and the high essence retention allows the mask to cling tightly to the face.

Here I put the Absolute Solution Masks to test: (1) Aloe and Madecassoside Soothing Mask, (2) VitaC and Glutathione brightening mask.

Aloe and Madecassoside Soothing Mask

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WHAT IT IS

  • A soothing and calming mask

WHAT IT DOES

  • Best for achieving hydrated, plump and translucent skin
  • Gives skin a boost of hydration
  • Skin soothing
  • Improve skin barrier
  • Wrinkle improvement

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Aloe – promote skin healing, an anti-inflammatory
  • Madecassoside – anti-oxidant
  • Adenosine – anti-aging
  • Trehalose – hydration
  • G4D Active – Patent complex of active ingredients for anti-aging
    • ceramide
    • arginine
    • lysine polypeptide
    • N-actyl glucosamine
    • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Biossacaride Gum-1

RESULTS

I’ve already professed my love for the mask quality.  It literally clings like a second skin, and completely soaked with watery essence that has a mild floral scent.  I did not mind that there wasn’t any essence left in the package because I believe all the essence are effectively absorbed into the mask and slowly delivered into my skin over the ensuing 40 minutes.  The mask is still damp after 40 minutes!  I love aloe for its soothing and repairing effects and this mask does exactly as it claims: effectively hydrate the skin after one use, restore and boost moisture retention for a healthy glow.

Absolute Solution Mask: VitaC and Glutathione

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WHAT IT IS

  • A brightening mask

WHAT IT DOES

  •  ‘Tone up’ – Improve dullness and uneven texture
  • Whitening – lightening of dark spot
  • Brightens skin

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Vitamin C – anti-oxidant, help lighten scar, spots; reduce blemishes
  • Glutathione – brighten skin tone
  • Niacinamide and Adenosine – reduce skin aging, boost healthy collagen synthesis

RESULTS

A powerful blend of antioxidants, glutathione, niacinamide visibly brighten skin to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentations.  My face soaked up all the goodness while resting under this superpower fabric of mask drenched in essence.  My skin instantly feel smoother, and looks hydrated, even toned and radiant.  I can judge that one application is enough to give me immediate brightening effect.  I definitely need to restock this one, as a few application may get the full benefit of the ingredients that help to minimize fine line and dark spots.

You can find these masks at http://www.drgrandplus.com.