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Taiwanese Mask Obsession: My Beauty Diary

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Spa treatments are so indulging.  But when I can’t find the best of times or even an hour to visit a spa to enjoy some much deserved pampering, sheet masks at home gives me a little ‘me’ time while having a good skin treatment.  Taiwanese sheet masks always have a soft spot in my heart, with My Beauty Diary easily fulfilling my vanities.

My Beauty Diary is a well recognized face mask brand in Taiwan and they now have a sales branch in the US, making purchasing so convenient and reliable.  You can find these products at My Beauty Diary US: ibeautydiary.com/

My Beauty Diary Masks are unique in several points:

(1) They literally have a mask for every skin needs, special occasions or emergencies: brightening, firming, calming…  You name it, you can find it with MBD.

(2) They carry mask with ingredients that are tried-and-true: hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, q10, AND some very exotic ingredients such as sake, rice wine, natto; depending on your level of adventure with skin care ingredients.

(3) Their masks are: No Paraben preservatives, No alcohol, No fluorescent whitening agents and Safe for sensitive and fragile skin

(4) What I like best about them is that they are consistently high quality, yet budget friendly.  What do I mean by high quality?

Packaging: Their packaging are the smallest among all sheet masks I’ve tried, which makes them very efficient and convenient.  Each mask come with English instructions.  On the front of the package are the key ingredients and the mask function, i.e. hydrating, soothing.. and on the back of the mask contain detailed ingredient list, notable ingredients and reason for their use, as well as designated skin types and directions.  No guessing games here!

Texture/Feel: Their masks are made of tencel fibre cloth, which means microfibres are inter-weaved to allow for efficient water-bearing structure of the essence.  The tencel is ultra-thin, soft and stretchy, but so absorbable.  When the mask is wet, it is nearly translucent on the skin.  This translates to the best fitted sheet mask I’ve ever used because it literally clings to every singe surface area of my face.  I’ve left these masks up to 40 minutes at a time, and it still remains well moisturized when removed.  Each mask always comes with a white plastic backing, making it easy to disassemble and apply.

Essence: Each package contains abundant essence that are not only soaked into the mask but enough left over to treat my neck, chest, arms, legs, body et al.

Fit: I am biased on this, because I have a small-ish face.  I feel that these newest addition of MBD masks are literally designed for my face.  Every opening in the mask for the eyes, nose and mouth are in the right place, and are neither too big or small.  I love when the gentle skin around my eyes can be treated.

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Black Pearl Brightening Mask

DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types, especially recommended for skin lacking firmness, dull or tired skin

WHAT IT DOES: Optimal whitening, brightening and moisturizing

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Supreme black pearl essence from Tahiti is rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids that rapidly rejuvenate tired and dull skin.  Also formualated with hydrolyzed yeast protein, skin-brightening lemon extract to effective lighten and even skin tone.  The hydrating formulation contains deep sea Red algae and Malvasylvestris exract provides immediate relief to dry skin and improves’s skin’s ability to adjust tot he environment.  Sugar maple also helps to deliver intense hydration.

MY REVIEW: I can easily see why this is one of MBD most popular masks.  The ingredient formulation is stellar, and the brightening result is certainly immediately visible.  It makes my skin more even skin tone, and really helps to bring out a translucent clarity effect, along with diminishing pores and supply of ample hydration.  I love using this mask for lazy no-make up days because it instant wakes up my skin.

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Aloe Vera Soothing Mask

DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types, especially recommended for dry skin and skin needing relief and repair

MASK FUNCTION: Optimal hydration, calming and soothing

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Aloe vera contains nourishing mucopolyaccharides that are combined with the double-acting moisturizing ingredients Cosphingo x Aquaroad to formulate a remarkable skin nourishing mask.  The mask also contains kiwi, lemon, gingko and various extract to soften dead skin.  Mulberry tree bark and bearberry leaf extract provides dual-action to soothe dry and irritated skin, while control and maintain balanced sebum secretion and clarify skin.

MY REVIEW: This mask is especially great after leaving it in the fridge, as the aloe provides an extra cooling, refreshing and hydrating experience on my skin.  I love using this mask on days when my skin feels sensitive.  It quenches the thirst of my skin, while the rich blend of nutrients and plant extract help to sooth any flushing or irritation.   The moisturizing and calming effect is really outstanding, and the finish is clean and non-sticky, making this a great morning mask when I’m in a rush to get out the door.

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Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask

DESIGNED FOR: Normal skin types; especially recommended for dry skin or skin in need of immediate hydration

WHAT IT DOES: Continuous hydration, Brightening and Firming

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS: Classic and popular moisturizing ingredient, hyaluronic acid, is treated to a hi-techhydrolysis process to further reduce the size of their elements, which allows for improved penetration and humectant effect.  Additional hydrating ingredients includes aloe vera and algae.  It also contains a blend of Arnica montana and Ruscus aculeatus for skin brightening and firming by improving skin elasticity and firmness, and enhances the complexion.

MY REVIEW: This mask is superbly hydrating without being too intense or heavy, perfect for the summer time.  I can never have too much hyaluronic acid products in my skin care, as hydration is the key to skin health.  I love using this mask after being in the sun too long, to help reduce pigmentations, and when I want to brighten my skin for a big event.  This mask also contains ingredients to firm the skin, including a whole host of antioxidants and vitamins to nourish the skin and perfect as part of an anti-ageing skin routine.

What are your favorite MBD masks?  Most of these masks are $1-2, or can be purchased in boxes of 5-10, on http://www.ibeautydiary.com.

 

 

Glow Giver: Lapothicell Tone Up and Cover Cushion

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WHAT IT IS

  • Light-medium coverage and long wearing B.B. cream in a portable compact

WHAT IT DOES

  • Skin brightening, Solution for wrinkles/fine lines, Sunscreen product (SPF50+ PA++++_

KEY INGREDIENTS

Sun Protection

  • Physical: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide
  • Chemical: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

Skin Care

  • Niacinamide – a derivative of Vitamin B3, strengthen skin barrier to protect from external damages, hydrate skin and minimize pigment formation to encourage even skin tone; balance sebum production
  • Adenosine – boost collagen and elastin to help with skin firming; potent anti-inflammatory to help with managing red, irritated and sensitive skin
  • Bisabolol –  a derivative of chamomile, with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties
  • 5 White Flower Complex – deeply hydrates and nourishes, brightens and evens skin

SCENT/TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE

  • Creamy yet breathable, perfect for summer time
  • Light to Medium coverage
  • Natural finish

WHY I LIKE IT

It’s hot where I am every day.  I don’t remember the last time I wore foundation because I just can’t stand the heaviness of foundation.  Cushions are the way to go.  As one of my favorite cushion (Troiareuke Seoul Aesthetic Cushion) comes to a halting finish, I’m desperately trying to find its replacement.  The Lapothicell cushion provides a slightly lighter coverage but it is one of the most natural coverages I’ve ever seen.

The texture is creamy and the coverage is just heavy enough to hide my imperfections (scars, brown spots, redness) and light enough to feel weightless on the skin, giving it a bright, fresh looking skin.  I feel that this cushion provides a lot more brightening effect compared to others, and the finish is semi-matte with a glow-from-within finish rather than super dewy.  It’s not ashy or pale, just very complementing to my skin tone.   I find some makeup tend to fill in pores or settle into lines and dry spot, this one seems to provide a primer effect where the pores are smoothed and blended seamlessly; and provide moisture to dry patches so it doesn’t appear cakey.  The wear is fabulous on this cushion.  It lasts on me for at least 6-8 hours, and does not smudge.  Also there is definitely sebum control power here, as I don’t feel much oilness of my skin creeping up even towards the end of the day.

If you want that natural ‘no-makeup’ makeup LOOK and FEEL, I highly recommend this cushion.  It comes in two shades, 21 and 23, and I picked 21, which is an excellent match for my NC 15 skin tone.  The quality of the product is beyond my expectations:  Light weight formulation, comfortable on the skin, light to medium coverage, long wearability, and added skin care benefits.

You can find this on Amazon or http://www.lapothicell.com for $32.

Beautigenix – Stem Cell Facial Sheet Mask

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ABOUT BEAUTIGENIX

Beautigenix specializes in face masks formulated with an exclusive Human Stem Cell Culture™serum and  a special blend of all natural botanical ingredients with the power to brighten, hydrate, lift and soothe.  Beautigenix stem cells are harvested at the Seoul Stem Medical Center in South Korea.  Their masks are currently found in many professional spa and cosmetic clinics throughout the US.  They carry four varieties of the Stem Cell Sheet Masks for brightening, hydrating, soothing and toning/firming.  You can find these masks by visiting their website and locating a spa near you.

STEM CELL FACIALS

Now, have you heard of stem cell facials?  It sounds intriguing and so enticing and unfortunately oh-so-expensive as well.  When I heard about Beautigenix sheetmasks and their main ingredient is stem cells, I have to give it a try and create my own experience with a stem cell facial at home.  What is the hype about stem cells and skin care?

Stem cells are incredibly unique as they have the potential to transform into any cell types by stimulating growth of new cells and encourage production of fundamental building blocks of skin such as collagen and elastin, as well as repair of damaged cell.  Stem cells have been the heat of research for scientists and in medicine for these regenerative and reparative properties.   The philosophy behind stem cell facial is regeneration of skin cells.  Aging causes loss of collagen and elastin; sun and environment causes damages to cells result in laxity in skin, wrinkles, loss of radiance and formation of pigments, spots, scars and uneven skin tone.  It is hoped that with properly formulated stem cells, they can get incorporated into your skin, revitalize the skin’s building blocks, and help to stimulate epidermal stem cells to thicken the skin, which leads to tightening, firming and prevent wrinkle formation.

BEAUTIGENIX BRIGHTENING MASK

WHAT IT IS

  • A brightening, pigment reducing sheet mask

WHAT IT DOES

  • With state-of-the-art breakthrough stem cell technology, stem cells are blended with botanical extracts to help counteract visible signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, dullness, and sagging.

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Stem cells reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Niacinamide has multiple skin benefits including reducing appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface
  • Sodium hyaluronate smoothes and plumps the skin.
  • Trehalose hydrates the skin and gives your skin a youthful, supple glow.
  • Witch Hazel reduces swelling and blemish
  • Botanical extracts for skin brightening

Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin,Glycereth-26, Adult Human Stem Cell Culture Media (330,000 ng), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fructan, Betaine, Trehalose, Hamamelis Virginiana, (Witch Hazel) Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Arginine, Carbomer, Portulaca Oleeracea Extract, Allantoin, Zizania Aquatica Extract, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Chondrus Crisps (Carrageenan), Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol Acetate, Diptassium Glycyrrhizate, Niacinamide, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Rubus Coreanus Fruit Extract, Nelumbo Mucifera Flower Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Bisabolol, Fragrance.

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FIT

  • Soft and breathable mask, saturated with the stem cell rejuvenating serum
  • No detectable scent
  • Adheres to the face very well and thus making it easy for me to multitask; comfortable on the skin
  • Small-medium fit

WHY I LIKE IT

Beautigenix recommend that these sheet masks be used regularly two to three times weekly to get the most benefits.  I have been using these mask right after I do an at-home chemical peel, and these are the perfect skin soother to help heal and repair after the treatment.  These masks feel heavy because the material is simply supercharged with the serum, slowly delivered into the skin over the course of 20-30 minutes.  I feel that masks that are highly absorptive often contours to the face better, and really enhances moisture retention.

My favourite part of this sheet mask is massaging the serum onto my face after the mask is removed.  The serum is like a lightweight oil blending serum (perhaps due to castor oil) that really contribute to a luxury experience.  I can just see and feel that the serum has penetrated the skin, and provides instant replenishing the skin with essential moisture and create a moisture barrier for skin brightening.  It feels so light on the skin, and absorbs quickly without leaving sticky or greasy feel, which makes it a perfect mask treatment for daytime look – even under makeup or sunscreen.

I do feel that this mask produces results above and beyond what I usually expect of a facial mask.  It is of professional quality, after all!   It is unbelievably good at boosting the moisture levels in my skin, and the result is the longest lasting effect of all the masks I’ve used, while maintaining a stable skincare routine.  I feel like I just had a proper facial, with skin feeling consistently soft, plump, and looking more radiant for days.  The mask packs hydrating, plumping, and brightening punch that I feel is above its price tag with its hero ingredient: stem cell.  I can definitely see myself using this mask on a regular basis.

You can find this on Amazon ($28/single, or $220/tens) or by locating a spa near you at http://www.beautigenix.com.

Ocean-Based Retinol: Simplicity Skincare’s Dual Pump

There is no magic bullet for perfect skin. But retinol comes pretty close.  I kind of jumped at the opportunity to try this ‘ocean-based’ retinol product.   I truly believe everyone can benefit from a little bit of retinol on the skin.  In fact, it is the only clinically proven ingredients in anti-aging for fine lines and wrinkles, and reverses sun damage and improve overall skin tone and texture.  It can also help to manage large pores and acne.  I am a bit of a retinol newbie.  I have tried prescription tretinoin, and even at the lowest percentage, I was experiencing flaking and redness and really have to back off on all my other skin care products.  Then I read somewhere perhaps plant based retinol product can be a little better tolerated.  The Simplicity Skincare’s Dual Pump has ocean botanical based retinol as one of its key ingredients.  Read on for my thoughts!

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WHAT IT IS

“Dual Chamber Delivers the highest quality anti-aging peptide moisturizer and hyaluronic serum”

“72% organic”

WHAT IT DOES

“The results are deep cellular rejuvenation, wrinkle repair, reduction in inflammation and intense hydration curing dry skin in days”

“Stimulate collagen and elastin, support healing and repair, increase skin thickness, refine wrinkles, evens skin tone and texture, and restores elasticity and firmness to the skin”

KEY INGREDIENTS

Chamber 1: Superior serum – hyaluronic acid serum packed with peptides

Chamber 2: Peptide Moisture – ocean based retinol, Matrixyl 3000, tripeptide

Ocean based retinol = crithmum maritimum extract, known Sea Fennel Extract.  It is often considered a plant alternative to Retinol.  It is considered advantageous to synthetic retinol or derivatives as our body or skin tend to process and integrate natural counterpart better.  Sea Fennel, which is lush with radiance-delivering sea-minerals, vitamins A, C, E, amino acid peptides, pigments and polyphenols, can effectively stimulate skin renewal and boost collagen and elastin, similar to retinol.

HOW IT LOOKS/FEELS/SMELLS

 

 

No detectable scent

DIRECTIONS

Simply place one pump of each product on fingertip, mix and apply.  Use both morning and night for best results.

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MY REVIEW

This is my first time using a dual pump product, and certainly it’s a great way to maintain integrity of each product individually while getting benefits when the products are mixed.  It is an airless bottle to avoid bacterial contamination and oxidation.

The Serum (clear) contains hyalruonic acid and peptide amino acids and that are designed to rev up collagen production to make skin appear plumper.  The Moisturizer contains ocean-based retinol, along with amazing organic ingredients from botanical (licorice, green tea, bearberry, blueberry, cranberry), pure plant oils (avocado, rosehip, flaxseed),  and organic vitamins and minerals that moisturize and hydrate the skin.  I think this is actually a great middle ground if you find retinol products too harsh on its own.  I find the product is light yet moisturizing enough, fast absorbed and does not leave residue.  In terms of anti-aging claims, this will require longer usage to see results.  However, it seems to delivers the benefits of retinol without redness, itching and flaking that normally come with it!  This may be a great product for someone who is new to retinoid, as it is gentle on my most sensitive skin.

The ingredient list is pretty impressive, see below for full review.

FULL INGREDIENT LISTS

A little COSDNA analysis showed that the Superior Serum is actually not too bad.  With the exception of jojoba oil which is rated as a 2 in ‘acne’ and ‘irritant’ category.   It is however low on the ingredient list.  Personally I have many products containing jojoba oil with skin benefits without being comedogenic.

The Peptide Moisture ingredient list is pretty impressively long.  There are a few that are identified to be irritants or comedogenic rated as 2-4, lower down on the list.  Many different types of alcohol are recognized as well, which likely transforms to faster drying time of the product but can be irritating.

However please be aware that an ingredient may be comedogenic on its own and might not be comedogenic in a product or on skin.  I’ve also tried products that contains no comedogenic ingredients and still found it be irritating to the skin.  I use COSDNA as a guide only. I always do patch testing to see the real results on my own skin.   

Superior Serum

Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, LArginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin

Peptide Moisture

Purified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Glycolic Acid, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Squalane, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Octyl PalmitateOrganic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Crithmum Maritimum Extract (Sea Fennel Wax), Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Hydrosol), Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Beeswax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), R Lipoic Acid, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract (Bearberry Extract), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry Extract), Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Seed Oil), Wildcrafted Mahonia Aquifolia (Oregon Grape), Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Wildcrafted Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright), Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum Essential Oil), Camellia Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Essential Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed Oil), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil), Sodium Hydroxide, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Phytic Acid, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl (Antioxidant), Lecithin, Pyrus Malus (Apple), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon), Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (peptides), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Sclerotium Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Wildcrafted Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Sodium Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol

You can find this product at http://www.simplicityskincare.com.  Product provided by Brandbacker for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.


 

CY Lab Masks

CY Lab is a Taiwanese skincare brand, created by a beauty manufacturer that’s been in the professional spa business for over 30 years, since 1982. Though this brand is considered a professional medical beauty brand in Taiwan, CY Lab was created so that these “high-level skincare series” could now be available to you! This brand is cruelty-free and their products are paraben-free.

CY Lab Top Luxury Mask Variety Set

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PRICE: $9.50 For three or you can purchase individually

Set contains:

Top Luxury Mask – Alpha-Arbutin Skin Whitening

WHAT IT IS

A brightening mask

WHAT IT DOES

Combat dullness and uneven texture, dark spots and uneven skin tone, and help prevent aging

KEY INGREDIENTS

Vitamin C (derived from ethyl ascorbic acid) lightens hyper-pigmentation and evens out skin tone

Orchid Extract is an astringent natural plant extract full of antioxidants that fight free radicals and aging

Arbutin brightens uneven skin tones and tones down redness by prevent formation of melanin

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Arbutin, Allantoin, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

SCENT/FRAGRANCES

Thin but sturdy cottony stretchy material that adheres like second skin, fit for medium size face, minimal detectable scent

WHY I LIKE IT

This mask contains a highly concentrated ampoule serum that contains both vitamin C and arbutin for powerful brightening effect, while sodium hyaluronate boost moisture and support natural collagen synthesis, and orchid, which has been used in medicinal Chinese formula for thousands of years to boost antiaging and protective effect while endowing complexion with a translucent glow. The mask is a super soft cotton sheet that fit the entire face and has plastic protective layer to peel off prior to using. I left this mask on for about 45 minutes (a bit longer than suggested time) and it was just starting to feel dry. My skin skin feels so moisturized and soft and looks significantly brighter. If you are looking for a sheet mask to brighten and bring life and vibrancy to dull and lackluster complexion, I highly recommend this mask.

Top Luxury Mask – Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate

WHAT IT IS

An antiaging black sheet mask

WHAT IT DOES

Contains sea fennel stem cell extract to maintain skin’s elasticity and antixoidant to slow down signs of aging and stimulate collagen production

KEY INGREDIENTS

Crithmum Maritimum boosts collagen production, reduces fine lines, speeds cell turnover, and evens out skin discoloration

Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract is an anti-aging agent that helps increase collagen and elastin production and improve hydration

Chondrus Crispus is a seaweed full of antioxidants that works to maintain skin moisture levels

Ingredients: Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Lecithin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Collagen, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Butylene Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

FRAGRANCES/SCENT/FIT

Soft and plush, fit my small-medium face just perfect; clear lightly viscous essence with no detectable scent

WHY I LIKE IT

I was so pleasantly surprised to find that this is a black mask. I love black mask because it means adding detoxification component to my masking experience. The mask feels even more velvety than its white counterpart. It’s literally soft and luxurious. The mask comes with a TON of wonderfully hydrating liquid with so much more left over in the pouch. No lie, I left this mask on for close to one hour and it stayed MOIST and WET! Talk about great absorptive power of this black mask! This mask left my skin looking and feeling amazing, brighter, dewy and hydrated. The best part is the next morning, when my pores looks so clean and visibly smaller. The ingredient of Crithmum Maritimum is certain intriguing to me and rarely found in other skin care products and I’m so excited to be trying their Crithmum Maritimum essence that allows me to include this ocean botanical based retinol into my routine.

Top Luxury Mask – Triple Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Moisturizing Repairing Mask

WHAT IT IS

A skin-quenching mask blended with antioxidants

WHAT IT DOES

Intensely hydrating and provide long lasting moisture; help combat dryness, dullness and uneven skin tone and texture for a smooth, healthy-looking complexion

KEY INGREDIENTS

Hyaluronic Acid retains skin moisture levels and promotes collagen synthesis

Saccharide Isomerate is an emollient naturally found in skin and helps lock in moisture

Chondrus Crispus is a seaweed full of antioxidants that works to maintain skin moisture levels

Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharide Isomerate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Water

FRAGRANCES/SCENT

nearly transparent, great fit, watery essence

WHY I LIKE IT

Like a cool drink of water for the skin, ultra low molecular hyaluronic acid replenishes moisture while saccharide isomerate naturally hydrate and refreshes, and seaweed extract, which contains algeinic acid, moisturizes and removes impurities. The mask is ultra light and soft. The mask adheres comfortably to the skin, giving me the ability to multi-task while improving my complexion. Formulated with only natural and safe ingredients, this ultra-soothing and hydrating mask allows pores to absorb essential nutrients and moisturizing ingredients for an ultimate hydration therapy, giving my skin a serious recharge, making it glowy bouncy all day long.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am so impressed with all three of Cy Lab masks. They are simple comfortable on the skin and provides the instant results I am looking for from a mask: improving complexion, brighten and even skin tone, added hydration and suppleness. The ingredient lists are short yet powerful, contains only non-nonsense or fillers, and gentle for sensitive skin. These are definitely a repurchase in my books. You can find these at Amabie Shop: http://shopamabie.com or Miiru Shop https://www.miirushop.com/

Sun Lovers Rejoice: Taiwanese Sun Screen BEVY C

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Devoting July to spending more time out doors.  Whether I like it or not, sunscreen is a must.  I’ve tried Japanese sunscreens (who hasn’t used a Biore?). I’ve fallen in love with a few Korean sunscreens (Lapothicell Natural Mineral and Troiareuke UV Essence). I thought my life is complete.

Then luck struck, and I won a sunscreen product from Bevy C, a Taiwanese brand, and am impelled to share my experience.  Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed.

About Bevy C

While Bevy C is new to me, it’s a very popular brand in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia).  What is Bevy C?  “Bevy” meaning a group of ladies, while “C” is derived from the French word “Chic” meaning trendy.  BEVY C. symbolizes a brand of professional skincare products developed specially for the modern, sophisticated women with lifestyle and trendy mindset.  Bevy C carries a variety of skin care products designed to give women confidence in their skin, makeup on or off!

BEVY C Perfect UV Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ PA++++

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Ingredients

Active Ingredients (UV Filters)

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate 6.00%, Dithylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate 4.00%, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 1.50%, Benzophenone-3 1%

Other Ingredients

  • Epilobium angustifolium flower/stem extract: willowherb – anti-inflammatory
  • Ohlorogine: kelp – anti-oxidant
  • Terminalia catappa leaf extract: indian almond – moisturizing, toning and anti-aging
  • Sambucus nigra flower extract: brightening

Designed for: All skin types

Review

Like my beloved Biore sunscreen, this one has a high SPF for both UVA and UVB protection without compromising on the texture.   Bevy C retains its lightweight feel yet contains multiple active sunscreen ingredients which strengthen UV protection force. Adding willow herb extract, kelp and plant sterol ingredients, the product also help to maintain the proper moisture and repair, and fight against skin aging.  I really like this sunscreen for a variety of reasons.

Texture: This is one of the most important features I judge in a sunscreen.  Bevy C has a light, permeable non-greasy feel, easy on the pores.  It has a milky transparent natural bright color, and is so fluid and blends on the skin easily and smoothly.

Finish:  It preserves the hydrated texture of your skin, but doesn’t appear greasy, since it dries matte almost instantly.  Though the lightweight formula isn’t pigmented, I feel that I could wear it alone for its beautifying effects on a good skin day and as a primer on makeup-essential days.

Fragrance: Not detectable, no chemical sunscreen scent.

Protection: Chemical sunscreen, and provide ample broad-spectrum UVA and UBV coverage

Final Thoughts:

My first Taiwanese sunscreen is a success!  The price point is comparable to many Korean sunscreens, but pricier than the beloved Japanese Kao Biore products, minus the alcohol, and in a bigger packaging (30mL in Biore compared to 50mL).  The stable chemical filters makes this product thin, spreads easily and making it functional and wearable for daily use.  The product also has potent botanicals and ingredients pumped into the formula for additional skincare benefits: Cocoa, yeast, kelp, willowherb, almond extract, all working together to intensely hydrate and nourish skin, which at this point should be a standard feature for all SPF.  There is mild brightening effect, almost like a CC cream or a primer, and doesn’t look ashy.  On my light NC21 skin with yellow undertones, it helps to neutralize some of the sallowness of my skin, giving my skin a healthier appearance.  It’s no secret this gem has made me enjoy sunscreen as part of my skin care routine.  It’s ultra-light, doesn’t leave a ghastly white cast on the skin, layers as the perfect makeup base and provide high spf 50 coverage for my island tropical living.  Definitely a repurchase for me!

Where to Buy:  ~ $27.90 on Ebay or Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troiareuke GPS Mask

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I’ve recently reviewed Troiareuke’s Seoul Aesthetic Cushion and UV Essence Sunscreen, which has become my daily essentials.  Troiareuke is a house-name brand in Korea professional and spa-settings with their customized skin care treatment, especially suitable for sensitive skin.  Now that they are making their skincare products available for at-home use.  I’m so excited to share with you my experience with this GPS mask, the first of its kind on the market.

What IS A GPS Mask?  

This is a Bio-cellulose mask, which claims to be able to restore skin and identifies the areas of skin that needs moisture and nutrition.  I mean, seriously the idea behind it is ingenious and fabulous.  Apparently this has been a Korean flight attendants favorite.  Like all of Troiareuke skin care products, this mask is free of paraben and can be used for sensitive skin after chemical peels or laser treatments or sunburns.

Price: $45 for a box of 5 at www.kbeautybay.com

First Step:  O2 Mask Cleanser

Key Ingredients: Green tea extract, lemon extract, orange extract, papaya

Review: This is a revitalizing gel-to-foam cleanser that delivers oxygen and skin essentials while using natural surfactant agents to cleanse the skin.  Oxygen treatment is a relatively new innovative concept, and has been made popular in many spas for years to help breath new life into a lackluster complexion.  Oxygen is vital to our life and unfortunately levels of it diminishes in the facial tissue with age due to worsened blood circulation.  It only makes sense that restoring oxygen to the skin will be beneficial to the health of the skin, and is designed to help the penetration of other ingredients to rejuvenate skin’s appearance and create a more radiant look.  This cleanser is also enhanced with Vitamin C &E (green tea and orange extracts), two of the most effective treatment for the skin.  Vitamin C is photo-protective and Vitamin E is considered the most important oil soluble vitamin and a free radical scavenger.  Papaya extract contains papain and chymonpapain with exfoliating properties, while lemon extract (rich fruit acid) can help to absorb oil and cleanse the pores without stripping the skin of its natural oil balance, and lighten age spots and clear facial discoloration.

I used about a dime-size of translucent gel and massaged into the skin with circular movement using fingertips.  The cleanser started to turn white, formed oxygen bubbles within about 10-15 seconds.   At this point, the product is easily manipulated into every surfaces of the face.  It feels cool and refreshing.  At the time when I used this, my face was dull and needed some serious treatment.  I liked this cleanser for a number of reasons.  It felt extremely gentle and pure, yet deeply cleansed and melted away makeup and oil.  It also delivered delightful ingredients to my skin.  The foam is a soothing texture and easily rinses clean without any residue feeling.  There is no intoxicating scent.  The difference is immediately obvious.  I feel that it left my skin feeling squeaky clean, brightened, soft and energized.  Overall it provided balance to my skin, and replenished the right amount of moisture.   I wish they would sell this cleanser in a bottle because I can definitely add an oxygen ritual to my skin every day to feel refresh and awake.

Second step: Bio Cellulose GPS Mask

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Key Ingredients: Gold extract, allantoin, witch hazel extract, squalene, lavender oil, tea tree leaf oil

The mask itself is an ultra fine bio cellulose mask which comes with two protective layers.  One layer to be peeled off immediately after removal from packaging; then apply the mask with the middle layer in contact with the skin, lastly peel the third layer off after mask is in place.   It looks, feels and attaches like a second skin.  I don’t think I have ever used a mask that had such a perfect fit and contact with the skin.  The size is a great fit for my face, more so on the smaller side.  The specialty high-tech upgrade is the GPS technology, which to my knowledge is the first and one and only GPS mask on the market.  I’m not sure how this technology is formulated into the mask but I can tell you what I felt when using this mask.  I noticed that areas of my face which tends to be drier or irritated (chin, around my lips, as well as a few spots on the cheeks) felt cooler than the rest of the face.  We all know that a quick chill in sheet mask is calming, and delivers de-puffing, and anti-redness benefit in a truly cool guise.  These must be the areas of my face that needed extra blessing.  The mask has a minimal floral scent and ingredients are beauty lover’ (including myself) favorites: gold extract (anti-aging, anti-inflammation, and lighten pigmentation), squalene (moisture retaining and anti-oxidant), and witch hazel and lavender oil (calming and anti-microbial).  It is so intensely nourishing that it fully saturated my face with hydration.  The effect is undeniable – a plumped-up deep nourishment, skin texture felt firmer and supple, skin tone evened and calmed and that made my skin look well better into the next day.

Third step: Cell Energy Cream

Key Ingredients: galactomyces, bifido extract, olive, apricot stone oil, ginseng extract; no mineral oil

Finally the last step, an energizing cream that helped to seal in all the moisture.  The scent is slightly herbal.  The cream is silky soft and is easy to spread and melts into the skin, leaving it moisturized but not feeling heavy.  For my combination skin, I feel that this cream is great to wear during the daytime because it absorbs quickly without any greasy feel.  My skin felt more soft and bouncy immediately after.  I used this 3-step mask at night and I usually prefer to use a thicker layer of cream on my face at bedtime.  Regardless, it made my skin feels super soft and provided enough hydration lasting into the next morning.  I feel that all skin types can benefit from this cream.  It dries matte yet hydrating and it contains some great nourishing ingredients that makes the skin feel and look great.

 

Final Thoughts:

This is such a great mask.  Even after one application, I am amazed at how soft and positively hydrated my face feels.  It certainly belongs in the luxury mask category with each step diligently formulated and deliberately designed to get your skin looking healthy and beautiful.   It also comes at a luxury price.  It is ideal for the busy modern person, for traveling, a long flight or if you are looking for a all-in-one 3 step treatment that works fast and delivers spa-like results in no time.

A Mask for Every Skin Needs: Timeless Truth

I’ve accumulated a number of face masks that I regularly incorporate in my skincare routine.  I love trying out different mask textures that target specific skin concerns.  For instance, charcoal sheet mask to draw out impurities and minimize pores, bio-cellulose for the maximum delivery of ingredients.  Seriously sheet masking possibilities are endless.  Timeless Truth is a Taiwan beauty brand that harnesses this endless possibilities, combining Asia’s innovation in biotechnology and love of nature’s purest ingredients, to develop masks that are BOTH material and ingredient driven.  Many of their masks are found at various luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons and spas across Asia to Europe to North America.  However they also cater to consumers who wish to enjoy these luxury mask experiences in the comfort of their own home with affordable masks at every price points. Their masks are composed of many of beauty lover’s favorites: hyaluronic acid, peptides, stem cell, and collagen.  Here are a couple I tried and loved.

Snow Algae and Hyaluronic Acid 

Category: Regenerating and Firming 

Price: $6.75

Material: Biocellulose is the gold standard for hydrating and treating skin, the purest natural fibre material from good bacterias, that holds 100X their weight of serum, and provides skin-tight dermal adhesion, allowing the mask to transfer all the active ingredient super efficiently.

Ingredients and Review: Indulge a little with this super cooling, Timeless Truth best sellers.  The mask boast their star ingredient, Snow Algae, which is a  a very hardy plant found on the glaciers and compact snow in Switzerland. The extreme conditions that this ingredient endures gives it an amazing properties that can actively help to protect the youthfulness of the skin. The light but creamy serum is absorbed quickly by the skin, thereby helping to plump out fine lines and wrinkles. The Snow Algae extract simultaneously boosts collagen production and nurtures and supports healthy skin by offering intense nutrition and hydration.  Say goodbye to signs of fatigue and strain, my skin is left feeling firm, plump, and refined with a soft velvety touch.

Radiant Transformation Black Charcoal Mask

Category: Purifying

Price: $2.10

Material: The Black Charcoal Masks are made of rayon fibers with natural purifying charcoal added during the manufacturing process. Charcoal has unique absorption properties which draw out dirt and oil, eliminate blemishes, promote healing and retain moisture.

Ingredients and Review: When my skin feels a little clogged and oily, I love pulling out a charcoal mask.  More than just a charcoal mask that purifies, this mask uses a highly concentrated formulation of beneficial ingredients such as tranexamic acid for skin brightening, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil and sodium hyaurlonate for moisturization, while yeast extract and rice extract help to improve skin tone.  The mask is sooo super saturated and feels very smooth on the skin.  The mciro-particles of charcoal helps to detoxify pores of impurities that causes dullness for a fresh and radiant complexion.  The mask also does a great job to mattify and sooth the skin, minimize shines and reduce the appearance of outbreaks.

Hydra Soothing Moisturizing Tencel Skin Mask

Category: Moisturizing 

Price: $2.00

Material:  Tencel Skin, specific fiber property of mask manufactured and patented by Lenzing Company in Austria, which offers a translucent silky experience to pamper your skin. The featherweight mask has unique structure provides optimum absorbance and compatibility with serum for the ultimate at home facial experience.

Ingredients and Review:  Moisturizing doesn’t have to feel heavy, and I’ was so delighted to try out this incredibly lightweight, almost translucent mask that is one of the most intensely hydrating masks I’ve encountered.   The mask is infused with botanicals including olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, rice extract, sodium hyaluronate, spirulina platensis extract, and radish root ferment filtrate, all designed to maximize and preserve skin moisture.  You can’t have an Asian sheet mask without some brightening ingredient, and citric acid is naturally found in citric fruits and juices, and is an alpha hydroxy acid that resurfaces and retexturize the skin for a brighter, more revitalized complexion.  There is a whooping 30ml of hydrating serum!  The mask’s thin yet sturdy nature of the is designed to follow every facial contours so that every surface of the face is able to fully benefit from absorption of the essential and nourishing ingredients.  The combination of ingredients makes this the ultimate mask that deeply hydrate and replenishes the skin’s moisture level for a more even and brighter skin tone.

Herbal Rejuvenation Immortelle Mask

Category: Brightening and Illuminating

Price: $2.00

Material: Soft touch – A cotton series designed to deliver effective ingredients for the results you can feel, with a budget-friendly pricing.  The material is a thicker type of cotton material, sturdy yet gentle on the skin.

Ingredients and Review:  If your skin is looking a little lacklustre, this mask is perfect to bring a glow that comes from within.  The mask is infused with organic immortelle extract (cell regeneration), herb essence (moisturize), vitamin E (skin healing) and hyaluronic acid to help overcome dryness and dullness, and leaving the skin more even toned and fresh.  The fit is a perfect contour to the face, and mask material is soft and silky, and allows outstanding delivery of the serum while keeping it sheer enough to breath.  It left my face feeling refreshed, brightened and hydrated.

Apple Stem Cell and Collagen BioCellulose Masks

Category: Anti-aging

Price: $6.75

Material: Biocellulose

Ingredients and Review: Apple Stem Cells and Marine Collagen is the ultimate duo combination!  Extracted from Swiss Apple and using a state-of-the-art biotechnological process, the stem cells provide the skin cells with nutrients to stimulate collagen and elastin production for firmer and healthier skin as well as encourage human cells to hydrate, heal, repair and delay signs of aging.  Marine Collagen helps to promote the suppleness and elasticity of the skin thus reducing signs of fatigue and dehydration.  This mask hugs the facial contour for even penetration of the active ingredients.  When my skin is craving elasticity and in need of something clarifying, the coolness of biocellulose sheet with these powerhouse ingredients awakes, energizes and tones the skin for the ultimate fresh and rejuvenated appearance.

Final Thoughts

These luxuries Timeless Truth masks are definitely worth it.  With mask of every material and skin-loving ingredients, you will definitely find one that leaves your skin hydrated, plump and glowing in just 20 minutes.

Where to buy

Canada: www.timelesstruth.ca

 

 

Another Troiareuke Obsession: Acsen U.V Protector Essence

tri-sun I’ve previously professed my love about Troiareuke Seoul Aesthetic Cushion, with its perfect blend of skincare and makeup formulation. Now I’m falling in love again with Troiareuke Ascen SUN ESSENCE. ACSEN is Troiareuke special line designed with solutions for acne and sensitive skin (ACne + SENsitive). It provides customized skincare prescription for every step of your skin care. If you read my blog, you probably know that versatility in product is something I talk about often. This product boasts so many functions that I can easily incorporate into my skin care routine and busy life. Here’s the details on the perks of this Sunscreen essence -the ultimate sunscreen multitasker.

#1. It’s beneficial for all skin types
Although Acsen is designed with sensitive and acne skin in mind, the ingredients truly can benefit each skin types. It contains powerful botanical extracts such as protulaca oleracea, clove flower and sophora with soothing and moisturizing ingredients for dry skin and sensitive skin. Anti-inflammatory ingredients include d-biotin are specifically designed with sensitive skin in mind. The light weight essence-like texture of this sunscreen is perfect for oily and combination skin who desires a lighter product for protection.

#2. It has powerful anti-aging benefits
– Centella Asiatica is rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals; provides skin regeneration, soothing and strengthening of the skin barrier
– Selemix serum – this is actually one of Troiareuke’s serum that features Selemix-an, a powerful complex of fermented bean and magnolia tree bark extract, known as the “DNA code finer’.  This serum contains ingredients that guide the skin cells to regenerate, and rebuild the matrix that is the foundation of supple, firm and strong skin and tightened pores. It also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties, to calm and strengthen skin.

#3. It’s a chemical and physical sunscreen

Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate – a chemical sunscreen agent that absorb and break down UV ray.
Ethylhexyl salicylate – a chemical UVA filter (UVA causes brown spots and skin cancers)
Titanium dioxide – a physical mineral sunscreen ingredient. This deflect the rays away from the skin; better suited for sensitive skin.
Biosaccharide gum-4 – It turns out that sun’s harmful UV aren’t the only thing to blame for premature signs of skin aging. Another factor is pollution.  Biosaccharide gum-4 is used for its ability to form a strong matrix on the skin surface that protect skin from harmful environmental pollutants, dust, pollens that contributes to aging of skin

#4. It’s portable and perfect for use on-the-go
I was initially disappointed at such as small bottle. However at 50mL for the tube, this is perfect for carry in your purse or beach bag, or better yet, travel-friendly for carry-on bags.

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I absolutely loves the feel and the look of it on my skin.  It’s watery but not runny, and it just melts into the skin with gentle massage. I have NEVER used any sunscreen with this dreamy light essence-like consistency before. There is no white-cast what-so-ever. It looks so natural on my skin and left my skin feeling hydrated and smooth like a moisturizer sunscreen! My skin is combination so I am always worried about the greasy t-zone after applying sunscreen for a few hours. You do not have to worry about it with this product. There is absolutely no stickiness or greasiness at all. THE SPF protection contains effective combination of chemical AND physical UV filter which leaves me confident that I am protected from the UVB that can cause tanning and sunburn and UVA that contributes to premature aging and skin cancer. I have been using this product for a few weeks and will be so sad when this runs out. It has not caused any breakouts and actually act as a great makeup base, and extended the wear of my makeup.

One down side is that it does contain alcohol, which is used to help the product dry quickly and to reduce any tackiness. But I did not feel that it dried out my skin. I found this at Kbeautybay, a authorized North America distributor for Troiareuke. Although the price is slightly high, but I have yet to find a comparable sunscreen that feels as luxury in application like a skincare product as this one. This is one heck of a best sunscreen in my game.

Troiareuke Acsen U.V Protector Essence
Price: $55.00 / 50mL
http://www.kbeautybay.com

Botox Filler Cushion – Troiareuke

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I love air cushion foundations. It’s compact, it’s convenient and it gives my skin an instant wake-me-up, getting me one step closer to that Korean dewy skin look. With so many to choose from, this is the one product that I like to be adventurous. I am always looking for the newest, trendiest, funnest packaging, best dewiest coverage, and in this case, the most innovative one on the market.  Yes, you heard right, this is Korea’s ‘botox filler cushion’ by Troiareuke.  Nothing short of spectacular based on reviews, this product is now in my hands, and has soon reached one of my holy grails.

About Troiareuke

Troiareuke originally developed as a Professional Aesthetic Skincare Brand under the company, MK Universal Inc.  Their philosophy is to provide a customized skincare and cosmetic solution for every skin concerns.  If you haven’t heard of MK Universal Inc, it is an aesthetic industry leader in professional skin care treatment.  It not only creates and supplies professional skincare and cosmetic product, but also provides aesthetic training and consulting to more than 25000 beauty spas and skin care clinics in Korea.  Troiareuke is actually one of their leading market brands that allows people to be able to enjoy professional-like treatment in the comforts of our homes. It is finally starting to be available to the international market.  When we talk about professional skin care, it often refer to products that contains formulation that delivers quicker and more impactful transformations on our skin.

About Seoul Aesthetic Cushion: 

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$38.40 At KBeautyBay: http://www.kbeautybay.com

This is the 3rd and newest premium cushion to the Troiareuke line.  What makes this product stand out from the get-go is the formulation of 99% skincare and 1% makeup.  True to Troiareuke’s philosophy of skin first, this cushion focuses on skin health while providing beautiful lightweight coverage. It is so much of a skincare product that some people have talked about sleeping with this on.

I have to introduce their two previous cushions for you to understand why this one is the crème de la crème. Troiareuke H+ is their “healing” cushion made with a unique Water Wrapping System (WWS) – a technology that allows the product to form a thin layer of moisture on the surface, while protecting it from external aggressors. The other is the Troiareuke A+ Cushion for “acne” skin. It uses a Sebum Control System (SCS) and Smart Moisture Capture System (SMC) that controls oil, treat acne skin and allows you to experience all day skin hydration. Now comes the Seoul Aesthetic Cushion that has WWS, SCS and SMC combined. Being skin health focused, the cushion doesn’t use any mineral oil and silicone like in other makeup that can suffocate the skin while trying to impart a smooth texture. Instead, it encourages the skin to breath with skin-regenerating and nourishing ingredients like adenosine (brightening), omega-3 fatty acid rich Portulaca oleracea extracts, and centella asiatica (Soothing) extract. Why is it known as the botox cushion? Well, its anti-aging effects comes from formulation of 5+1 special peptides: 5 filler-like peptides help to firm up the skin from within by encouraging fibroblast collagen and elastin synthesis and 1 botox-like peptide (hexapeptide 8) that limit muscle contraction and relax muscle tension, resulting in reduction of wrinkles and lines caused by repetitive facial expression. It is designed to give a dramatic effect to skin cell regeneration, wrinkle improvement, skin protection and anti-aging with long term use.

Here’s a list of skin care benefits
(1) Anti-aging
(2) Skin Brightening
(3) Moisture retaining
(4) Soothing
(5) UV Protection

Ingredients: Water, Titanium dioxide, cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, ethylhexyl salicylate, cyclohexasiloxane, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, PEG-30 dipolyhydroxystearate, octocrylene, zinc oxide, niacinamide, trimethylsiloxysilicate, CI 77492, vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsequioxane crosspolymer, PEG_10 dimethicone, butylene glycol, polypropylsilsesquioxane, tuarternium-18 bentonite, sodium chloride, dimethicone, CI77499, thiethyoxycaprylylsilane, chlorphenesin, aluminum hydroxide, parfum, adenosine, glycerine, lecithin, copper tripeptide-1, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, PPG-26-buteth-26, 1,2-hexanediol tripeptide-10 citrulline, carbomer, acetyl hexapeptide-8, acetyl tetrapeptide-11, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, triethanolamine

 

Makeup Benefits and my Review
The products comes with two additional facial pads in total. When the compact is first opened, the cushion appears not to be soaked in much product at all. This is a unique property along with the denser cushion sponge that holds the foundation within the core, and preserves product and minimizes oxidation. When you press on the cushion for the first time, the product is dispensed into the cushion.   It comes in one shade, 23 but designed to be suitable for those with shades 17-23 .  I am usually shade 21.  I would describe the cushion to be a light natural beige that blends very naturally with my skin tone.   The application is velvety smooth, and adds plenty of moisture to the skin to make the skin look naturally radiant. The product feels weightless on the skin and provide a buildable medium coverage. Any redness and uneven skin tone are easily covered with one layer; additional layer helped to vanish any dark pigmentation, fine lines and pores. I dislike heaviness of makeup so this product is great for me because it completely refined my complexion without looking or feeling like I have any foundation on at all. Another concern of mine with makeup is always the staying power. Sometimes as the day goes on, product starts to slip off if I touch my face. This product does not budge at all! I’ve accidentally scratched my face a few times, and there was no product on my hands. When I use it as a light makeup, it will provide me with long lasting results, up to 16 hours (the longest duration of which I had this on), even in hot humid weather.

Housed in a convenient compact, this cushion is excellent for everyday use as a last step in your skincare. This is a perfect collaboration between skincare and makeup.
If you are looking for a light yet medium coverage foundation with all the benefits of spf, anti-aging and skin brightening, this one is definitely a highly recommended in my books.

This product is available through Troiareuke’s North America authorized seller KBeautyBay, which aim to select the best products in Korea and ship the products from Korea to the rest of the world.  http://www.kbeautybay.com