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3 Step Regimens for The Minimalists

IMG_4041.PNGLeegeehaam is a brand that just completely blow my mind ever since I entered into the world of Korean beauty.  As much as I love going all out when it comes to my skin-care routine, sometimes I just don’t have the time.  Thanks to LGH, they have created a well-thoughout-out three-piece sets (Hyal-5), and let me tell you, this minimalist approach can yield just as impressive results as my complex ones.  This trio is perfect for all skin types, and all four seasons.  Read on!

According to LGH websites, these products are intended for

  •  dehydrated skin suffering from skin tightness and roughness
  • for those looking for all year round moisturizer
  • for immediate and intensive hydration
  • for minimizing appearance of fine lines, flakiness, and tightness
  • and looking for a moisturizer that forms a strong barrier for the optimal hydration level

WHY I LOVE IT

The Hyal 5 products are described to be a ‘true oasis for your dehydrated skin, designed to ‘fill, retain and protect’ moisture.  These products features a 5-Hyaluronic complex – a proprietary blend of five different forms of hyaluronic acid – sodium hyaluronate, hydroxypropyltrimonimum hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, sodium acetylated hyaluronate and ascorbic propyl hyaluronate that penetrate deep through all layers of the skin, to amplify skin’s hyaluronic acid level for the ultimate long-lasting hydration.  Vitamin B5 and B3 hen form a strong moisture barrier to help retain all the moisture.

Step one is an ultra light but slightly viscous toner that just infuses the skin with youth-boosting hydration that immediately tone, hydrate and soften my skin.  I also find that it helps to reduce redness and gives an even appearance to the skin.  It absorbs quickly and set my skin ready for the next steps.  It’s perfect for a 3-skin method in the morning, and 7-step at night.

Step two gives the skin the ‘drink’ it needs to maintain optimal moisture balance.  Viscous but smooth in consistency, this ampoule’s hydrating power are real.  Just a small amount goes a long way.  It doesn’t leave any stickiness or residue on my face.  I feel that this ampoule can fit into any skincare routine that needs an extra hydration boost.

The last step just seals the deal.  The moisturizer is gel-like in texture, and so comforting and cooling when applied.  The cushiony cream has a ‘burst’ feel when applied, and really just releases a flood of moisture into the skin, and then absorbs completely without any stickiness.  By the end of this step, my skin feels uniquely indulgent and deeply nourished.

I remember coming back from the deserts of Arizona, which left my skin feeling and looking parched and worn out. I started using this trio immediately, and they just completely revitalized my skin.  The products really help to keep the moisture in and make fine lines and wrinkle disappear.  LGH Hyal-5 trio are a soothing and hydrating dream-come-true for skin that just can’t stay hydrated.  It’s awesome for shine-prone skin like mine because it gives a natural all-over magnifying finish.  Find this trio at Leegeehaam GLOBAL.

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Anti-Aging Multitasker: Bueno Meditech

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What attracted me to Bueno Meditech are its ingredients.  It is a relatively new, luxurious Korean brand that really pushes forward skin care products in all its glory with research on cellular level and bioactive substances.  Just look at the power ingredients that forms the foundation of this brand.

Epidermal Growth Factors (EGF) and Multi-Growth Factor (MGF):  Growth factors are at the cutting edge of anti-aging science.  it’s truly unique because they communicate with your cells to create more collagen and elastin, which keep skin smooth and firm for a healthy, youthful complexion.  It maximizes and synergistically work with the anti-aging benefits of other ingredients such as peptide.

Peptide: molecular links of amino acids that help your skin to produce collagen, the foundation for firm and elastic skin.  Properly formulated collagen can send a “message” to your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to generate more, thereby improving skin texture, tone, thickness and fine lines and wrinkles.

Galactomyces:  There are numerous scientific studies that show that galactomyces ferment filtrate is effective in moisturizing, brightening, controlling sebum production, decreasing acne, and increasing elasticity; hence its popularity in many Asian skin care brands, including SKII, Dr. Jart, COSRX and Benton.

Volufilin: This is new to me but it sounds absolutely fabulous.  We lose fat as we age, resulting sagging, dark circle and deep wrinkles.  Volufilin is extracted from the roots of Asian botanical Anemarrhena asphodeloides, in an oil-soluble excipient. It promotes body volume by a cosmetic lipofilling-like effect. It stimulates adipocyte differentiation and proliferation, and promotes lipid storage leading to an increase of adipocyte volume in the fatty tissue.

Additionally, the brand emphasizes on natural philosophy by using nature’s finest ingredients, and is free of paraben, benzophenone, talc, phenoxyethanol, mineral oil, propylene glycol, color, sulfate and BHT.  The high tech and natural formulations really help to focus these products on being an anti-aging multitasker.  Growth factors and peptides alone can address multiple aging concerns at once, tackling all kinds of issues from wrinkles to dark spot to loss of firmness and elasticity and everything in between.  The ultimate result is skin that is refined, rejuvenated, and ultra hydrated.    I’m so excited to share these products because not only are the ingredients top-notch, every single product also gives an exceptional user experience with its texture, seamless absorption, feel and look on the skin.  It pairs so well with my other daily essentials including vitamin C and AHA, with no adverse reaction or irritation.  More than just high quality, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous and pleasing to the eye.

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Pore Tightening Toner with EGF + Galactomyces 80%

 

PRICE: 34.70 / 130ml

WHAT IT IS: A pore clearing, gentle exfoliating and hydrating toner

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: thin clear liquid, no detectable fregrance, non-greasy and absorbs quickly

The synergistic combination of 80% of Galactomyces and MGF complete some heavier anti-aging benefits: boosting collagen, fight fine lines and firming the skin.  Additionally this toner also relies on portulaca extract, heartleaf, and tea-tree extract to purify and hydrate the skin.  These ingredients are highly effective for exfoliating dead skin cell, clarify pores, sebum, and provide black/whitehead control.  I really believe a good toner preps my skin for better absorption of other products, and certainly this particularly one helps me to achieve a clean oil-free canvas at the first step of my routine.  The texture is very fluid, most suited to be applied with a cotton pad.  However I usually like to apply toners with my hands and pat it in (3X in the morning and 7X at night).  Because of the thin texture, there can be some spillage of the product when using my hand.  I don’t detect any fragrances. Not only do I have combination to oily skin, my skin is also sensitive with age spot and hormonal acne along the chin.  This toner has clarified my skin, reduced my pore size and dramatically evened the tone of my skin. Additionally, I find that my oiliness in the mornings has been dramatically reduced. I highly recommend if you have any of the issues I have. I have been using it twice a day it makes a huge difference in about two weeks.

Shiny EGF Peptide Serum for Anti Aging

 

PRICE: $97.40 / 40mL

WHAT IT IS: An all-in-one serum for antiaging, skin brightening and silky hydration

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: Gel-like, no noticeable smell, silky feel

Aside from peptides, this serum also contains some skin-favorites including filtered snail slime and hyaluronic acid (hydration, hydration, hydration), adenosine and niacinamide (skin brightening), and natural ingredients (fresh aloe, sea fennel seeds) to fight inflammation and irritation.  These ingredients promises skin repair, drastic refining of wrinkles, restoring of skin firmness and elasticity, as well as evening and toning of skin texture.  The serum has a thin gel-like consistently with no noticeable smell.  It is extremely easy to apply, absorbs quickly into the skin and it does not feel greasy.  I feel that it really helps to soften and firm the skin, and plump any fine lines and wrinkles.  I also love the silky feel.  If you can splurge, this proved to be a worthwhile investment.  The smoothness and even tone of my skin lets me go without makeup.  Compared to other products with similar high quality ingredients, this is actually affordable.  It really is quite an all-in-one concentrated solution.

 

Trouble, Acne-care Emulsion with EGF + Peptides + Teatree extract

 

Price: $30.40 / 130ml

WHAT IT IS: A skin-soothing and calming emulsion, that also REALLY hydrate the skin

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: lotion-like, no scent, light weight and fast abosrbing

This product provides skin with an emulsion of intensive hydration and powerful antiaging ingredients (peptides, MGF) to battle lines and wrinkles before they become more serious.  Also, it contains suitable ingredients for troubled skin such as tea tree and heartleaf extracts, perfect to keep calm my adult acne.  But the time I get to this step (after toner, and serum), I already love how this makes my skin feel so much that sometimes I cheat and use it as my daytime moisturizer only.  It seems to give my skin that supple, healthy and brightened glow.  It has a nice thick texture and goes on smoothly, absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any greasy or oil.  I love the fact tht it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.  This is the first step after serum that really gets my face feeling hydrated and soft.  What I especially love is how this improve the texture of my skin.  The pump dispenses the exact amount that is  enough for the face and neck so I think a bottle will last for quite a while.

EGF, Peptide, Volufiline Cream

 

PRICE: $42.80 / 1.7 ounce

WHAT IT IS: A highly potent anti-aging moisturizer that helps to plump skin, fine lines and restore lost volume

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL: medium-to-thick cream, no scent, concentrated enough for dry complexion but won’t clog oil ones

EGF-9 Advanced Eye Cream for Face delivers healthy vital energy to the skin with high- concentrated MGF, Peptide, and Volufiline.  It is a versatile product that is delicate enough to treat the skin around the eyes, and potent with moisturizing, firming and brightening ingredient to revitalize any dull complexion.  Even within a few days of use, I can feel that my skin feels different.  My skin’s so much hydrated, and just overall soften complexion.  With a few weeks of use, my skin looks so much brighter and smoother from within, helping me one step closer to get that translucent glow.  Overall it just make my skin look younger.  It’s a thicker cream, but it’s not greasy.  It comes in an 1.7 ounce container with a spatula.

 

I absolutely love the results of using all of these Bueno Meditech products together, perfect for those who are looking for a moisturizing and brightening anti-aging care.  These peptide-heavy product provide all in one solution that are important for my skin looking younger, and the results are obvious.  It gives my skin a subtle radiance and glow that no makeup can provide.  You can find this beautiful set on Amazon, or through the company website.

Skin Care Serets for a Head-To-Toe Glow

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Skincare isn’t just reserved for the face.  The skin below the chin needs some TLC as well.  I’m going to share with you to a lovely brand called Fernberry that formulate an all-star lineup for the face and body.  All of products carries ultra nourishing formula including lip conditioner, body scrub, hand and feet cream.

The star ingredient for Fernberry is Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, which is a hyaluronic acid on speed, that holds 1000X its weight in water.  It is designed for 24 hour moisture by binding sodium haluronate units into a 3-dimensional lattice structure. As enzymes break the bonds of the lattice due to daily metabolism, Sodium Hyaluronate units are released and are allowed to move freely. This enables skin to be continuously replenished with Sodium Hyaluronate over long periods of time.  By combining science with nature using traditional botanical beauty ingredients, rich in antioxidants and vitamins, these products seriously delivers instant and long-lasting results in keeping skin hydrated, youthful and radiant.  Additionally, all of their produts are free of preservatives, fragrance and colors.

Mochi Lipstick Nourishing Conditioner

Price: $23 / 10g

‘Kiss dry lips goodbye! Mochi Lips contains a luscious blend of yuzu, tsubaki flower, sweet almond and sunflower seed oils to immediately soften & condition your lips.’

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citrus Junos Peel Oil, Citrus Junos Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Water
To ensure my lips are ‘on fleek’, I always need a good lip treatment. Fernberry has developed a wonderful natural lip conditioner, with a stacked lineup of super-hydrating ingredients – yuzu (a citrus fruit), tsubaki flower, sweet almond, beeswax and sunflower seed oils, called Mochi Lips. All these mix together with Fernberry’s specialty of Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer make this the perfect soothing moisture treat for my lips, just like ‘mochi’. This lip conditioner is expressed through a tube, and a silky smooth oil texture that doesn’t disappear from lips the way other balms do. Instead it leaves my lip pampered and glossy with a healthy, stick free shine. During the daytime, it layers well with lipstick, keeping lips moisturized without causing it to slip and slide around. At night, this lip treatment keeps my lip smooth and hydrated until the morning. The ingredients are natural, which means there are fewer things for the sensitive skin on and around the lip to have an allergic reaction to.

Moisturizing Mousse Ultra-Fine Daily Body Scrub

 

Price: $35.60 / 150g

“Feel the difference instantly! Moisturizing Mousse contains ultra-fine sea salt that scrubs away dull skin and cleanses pores, leaving you with revitalized skin. This light, fluffy exfoliator is gentle enough for everyday use. Chamomile flower soothes the skin, while argan and jojoba oils deliver silky softness. The restorative benefits of blueberry and yuzu also melt away stress and fight off pesky free radicals.”

Ingredients: Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Methylaminopropionate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Peg-2 Laurate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract (Bilberry), Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract (Bilberry), Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance

Fernberry has recommended to use this product after about five minutes of steamy shower to soften the skin first.  The sea salt is ultra fine, making this one of the more gentle scrubs for the body, and delicate enough to use on a daily basis.  In fact it has replaced my routine body soap for now.  The scrub looks like a soft white slushy that transforms into a light fine foam that exfoliate and cleanse the skin.   It really contains just the right ratio of skin-sloughing properties (sea salt) to moisturizing elements (argan oil, jojoba oil and chamomile), and an amazing natural fragrance that is energizing, yet relaxing enough to feel like I stepped out of a luxury spa.  The rich and indulgent scrub gently yet effectively exfoliates to remove dead skin cells without overdrying.  After rinsing off, my skin feels nourished, soft and smooth and smelled faintly of this scrub’s decadent scent.

Petals & Cream Softening hand Cream

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Price: $24.70 / 50g

Petals & Cream contains cherry blossom extract which retains moisture to give your skin a soft, dreamy glow. Enriched with Japanese plum and yuzu, our fast-absorbing hand cream is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that smooth and balance skin tone for more youthful and elastic skin. Tsubaki oil softens cuticles, while shea butter restores nutrients and vitality in nails.”

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Carbomer, Citrus Junos Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Prunus Yedoensis Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

After facial care, hand cream is the second on my list of beauty priorities.  Our hands shows signs of aging, sometimes even more than our faces.  Dark spots, loose skin and veins really can reveal the aging process.  A good hand cream can be a powerful defenses against signs of aging, and Fernberry has created a product that shows my hands some serious TLC.  It doesn’t just lie on the surface – it soaks into the top layers, soothes and softens even the driest skin.  The gentle formulation that doesn’t irritate sensitive or eczema-prone skin.  It has a hydrated but non-greasy finish.  It has a herbal tea-smell that soothes and smooth skin immediately and lasts for a few hours.  It leaves my hand so soft, plumped and thus younger looking.  I apply it every morning and night for optimum results.  If you care about smooth hands and not heavily scented hand cream, then give this one a try, you won’t regret it.

Replenishing Smoothie Conditioning Foot Cream

 

Price: $30.70 / 100ml

“An all-natural treat for the feet! Full of antioxidants and vitamins, Replenishing Smoothie is a creamy and lightweight concoction that will leave heels hydrated and piggies pampered. Rice bran oil and shea butter offer just the right amount of moisture, keeping feet silky, not sticky. Algae extract, a deep sea secret for rejuvenation, boosts elasticity and allows more time between pedicures. Lavender oil evokes sweet dreams through its soothing aroma while marshmallow root extract conditions skin to unimaginable softness! An absolute must for sandal season, but equally effective when you’re snug in your booties.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propanediol, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Butylene Glycol, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Bethenate, Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Butryospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol, Malic Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Ceramide 3, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Lavandula Stoechus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract

I will admit, I do have dry, occasional cracked and callused feet, which can be result of a little bit of neglect.  But really, it’s the nature of the wear and tear of our feet.  That’s why it was so fun to try out a product that is specifically designed to pamper my feet.  Let me tell you, when your feet looks nice, I think it really shows that you keep up with yourself.  Compared to other body lotions I’ve used on my foot, this one is much much more hydrating.   The ingredients are specially designed to turn the rough and callus-filled feet back to the supple selves.   I’m now in a habit of a nightly post-shower application.  I apply once my feet are dry and pay special attention to my heels.  It quickly absorbs, and really is a fabulous treatment to buffer the callus and heal my heels, which are starting to soften up.  My feet feels soft and hydrated through the night to morning.  Now that I know what pampering care I can provide for my feet, this product has compelled me to keep up with taking care of them on a daily basis.

The Moisturizing Mousse Daily Scrub + Petals & Cream Hand Cream + Replenishing Smoothie Foot Cream are the perfect combo for my head to toe care.  How do you pamper your head-to-toe?

 

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.

‘Less is More” – Mode Blancs

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Sometimes ‘less-is-more’, especially on those mornings where I just need a few extra minutes of sleep, and a few less minutes to spend on my skin care.  There are several beauty companies dedicated to simplified yet optimized skin care routine to maximize results.  I first heard of Mode Blancs at Kcon.  All of their products contains natural ingredients derived from the nature and birch sap, and are free of artificial fragrances, animal testing, color pigments, synthesized preservatives and synthesized surfactant.  Mode Blancs has two lines of product (1) Functional (for anti-aging and skin brightening), and (2) Moisturizing with a simple three-step: Toner, Emulsion and Moisturizer.  Let me tell you, everything about these trio feels luxurious from texture, to feel to how it ultimately look on my skin; much more than I would expect from just using three products!

Their names carries the brand’s main philosophies:

M: minimize harmful element/unnecessary element

O: organize natural cosmetic based on birth extract

D: develop hypo-allergenic cosmetic

E: enhance customer satisfaction

Of course, I had to jump on using the Functioning line designed to combat fine lines and for skin brightening.  The brand describes these products as “Mild prescription with functional ingredients provide anti-wrinkle, whitening effect without irritation.”  The core of the Functioning line contains the following natural ingredients and their functions:

  • Betula alba juice ‘birch’ – this one is all about skin brightening.  Birch juice is a small molecule and thus skin can effectively absorb the product and all its nutrients.   Birch has naturally-occurring niacinamides, fruit acids, minerals, and most importantly, vitamin CThe pairing of adenosine helps to even out skin tone while botanical extracts with anti-oxidant properties  helps protect the skin and help to lighten pigments and brighten skin complexion.
  • Hydrolyzed algins – considered a ‘skin conditioner’ with antioxidant and water binding properties.  It is rich in proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper,  most of which are benefitial for the skin to improve appearance of aging skin
  • Adenosine – According to Paula’s Choice, it’s a yeast-derived ingredient that has an important cell-communicating ingredient with anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory effects.  It supports healthy cell function which in turn gives smoother and thus more youthful skin.
  • Botanical extracts: cleansing, anti-inflammatory, enriching and nourishing

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Toner

PRICE: $31 / 120mL

For me, toner is as crucial as cleansing.  It is an extra step that helps me to eliminate any impurities, as well as help to restore skin’s natural pH balance.  I like this toner because it is alcohol free, which means my skin can be refreshingly cleansed and toned without being stripped of its natural moisture.  I can easily apply this by soaking a pad, and this help to gently yet thoroughly remove any residual impurities from the skin.  I then pat this product in to get all the benefit of the birch infused nutrients and minerals to replenish and recharge the skin with moisture, fight aging and even redness.  The texture is thin and easily absorbed.  The fragrance is light in floral.  The astringent properties of birch normalize oily zones of skin while making skin smooth and providing it with a sense of comfort and freshness.  My skin always feels smoother, softer and more resilient, with a harmonious balance of moisture and oil.

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EMULSION

PRICE: $31 / 120mL

How to use: Apply proper amount to palms and spread it on my face all over softly.  Pat lightly to make it absorb in the skin.

The texture of the product is heavenly.   One pump deposit a droplet that’s creamy white, soft and bouncy, and then it spreads like a luxurious facial oil, gliding on and cooling the skin with application.  You can just see and feel the product forming a film of hydration on the skin and with gentle massage, it gets absorbed so quickly feeling like second skin but softer, brighter and clearer and definitely more moisturized.  There is a mild floral scent that is delightful to the senses.  I did not experience any breakouts or irritation.   The pump bottle makes dispensing of products easy, hygienic and convenience.  For the price, this is a huge amount of product that will last me a long time.  For combination to oily skin gals, this emulsion may be enough to give soft, plumped and hydrated skin.  Now that the weather is cooling down, even for my combination skin, I find following the emulsion with their functional cream, gives me an additional layer of glowing, without being too heavy or greasy.

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Function Cream

PRICE: $33 / 50ml

I’m all about effortless and lightweight skin care, so this cream is like a dream.  As soon as I opened the jar, mild floral scent is fresh, genuine and tangible.  On the first touch, I’m greated with a gentle, almost gel-like texture.  The magic doesn’t stop there as the cream absorbs quickly making the skin instantly feels more firm and plump, and just a hint of healthy glow to the eye.  I massage the product gently yet firmly into all areas of the face using an upward circular motion, and I find it really help to penetrate the formula.  I think it gives my skin some nice clarity and brightness.  I love that it’s packed with an anti-aging punch too.  I feel this cream is perfect weather for all year round, light enough for warmer weather, and moisturizing enough for cooler temperatures.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This trio is no joke. A balancing and brightening toner to tone and provide antioxidant benefits, and a light emulsion for the day and ultra hydrating moisturizer for all year round.  The products pack a punch in terms of wonderful natural ingredients to treat uneven tone, hyperpigmentation, skin aging and hydration, hydration, hydration, with just 3 steps!   I will definitely continue to use these products and  I can’t wait to see the benefits it will bring to my skin over time.

 

 

 

Leegeehaam Life Sun Cushion SPF 50+ PA++++

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As if BB cushion isn’t the most perfect convenient design of makeup-skincare in one already.  Then comes a suncushion!  In my mind, this is absolute genius.  It’s a form of effortless application of sunscreen and protection throughout the day, without having to use my hand nor disrupt underlying makeup.  I have been so excited to use the LGH Sun Cream Cushion, and believe me, it does not disappointment.

First of all, it’s almost intuitive that many Korean sunscreen not only comes with good protection against UVA and UVB, it also has skin care benefits.  This one contains natural Calamine pink powder that tones up and brightens your face with a quick soothing care and relieve trouble and irritated skin.  It also contains nelumbo nucifera, which is high in moisture content, to help keep the skin hydrated and protected.  Adenosine provides additional brightening benefits, and centella and other Asian botanical extract provides superior antioxidant protection, and hydration for long lasting suppleness.

Well, how did this product actually feel on my skin?  Super lightweight and simply undetectable on the skin.  It’s non-greasy and perfect for all skin types.  It’s sheer, but gives skin a healthy, glowing appearance.  Gentle patting in of the product make it the most beautiful makeup base.  Housed in a convenient compact with a mirror, it’s the perfect travel essential for on-the-go application.  The cushion and the application pad are a beautiful baby pink.  I am so in love.

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.