Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sulwhasoo Snowise EX UV Protection Cream

Snowise EX UV Protection Cream
40mL, $58 USD

By now, your face is probably covered with 3-4 layers of skincare
The UV protection cream is the next step...
Wouldn't you wonder if your skin can absorb all this skincare and if your pores can breath??

UV is an essential part of skincare, it's just as important as your toner, serum and moisturizer !!
The UV Protection Cream provides brightening and UV blocking.
It promotes skin's natural circulation, prevents future damage from harmful UV rays and gives a matte appearance. 

I don't really care if it can absorb into my skin, as long as it can act as a barrier against UV rays, I am fine
After applying UV protection, next comes make-up for the face
By then, there's already 5-6 layers (ie. primer, foundation/BB cream, loose powder/ pressed powder)
it feels thick... 

I didn't buy the full size for this one, I have a bunch of samples and have been using it for quite awhile now


White creamy texture, quite moisturizing

It's not considered oily compared to other UV protector
However, it's not refreshing either
I would say this one is for normal to dry skin or dry skin

When I apply it on my face, I feel a little bit of heat... kind of stimulate my blood circulation, but the heat disappears quickly. 
Ingredients such as Rhubarb extract brightens and clarifies the skin. Pomegranate calms the skin and promotes skin's natural circulation.

steps: 
Snowise EX Whitening Water -> Snowise EX Whitening Serum -> Snowise EX Whitening Fluid -> Snowise EX UV Protection Cream

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Whitening Eye Treatment

Snowise EX Whitening Eye Treatment
15mL, $58

The price is ok, I've seen eye creams that range from $75 - $125.. like Lancome and Shiseido
I think they call this an eye treatment because there's a metal tip applicator that helps to massage and relieve tired eyes
I've noticed many brands having this applicator now, if not metal, then it's plastic.. their purpose serves the same, to help massage your eye area
Dior has a whitening eye cream too but it's ~$75
So for whitening eye cream, this one is quite reasonable

The cream is white and creamy in texture
It's quite thick, so don't apply too much


I had been using sample packets, because 1) I sell them, 2) they are more economical and 3) more clean.
Each packet is 1-1.5mL and lasts a few days
Just in case I need to switch to another eye cream for a few days, I am not pressured to come back to this one soon
I had been using this quite regularly during the day time and some nights
I do feel that my eye area became more brightened in terms of color tone
It won't remove your dark eye circles immediately though... it will reduce it significantly

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Whitening Cream

Snowise EX Whitening Cream

50mL, $105 USD

Ingredients include Hedyotis extract which helps brighten the complexion by protecting the skin against free radical damage, Mulberry tree root extract which has a cooling effect on the skin.

Many people think we only use whitening products during the day. This is totally wrong!! 
At night time, between 12-2am, our skin undergoes an intense repairing process. 
Night cream contains higher levels on active ingredients to help boost skin repair and target your concerns. 
These ingredients help prevent melanin from forming and whiten your skin.


The creams I have tried so far are all thick and greasy, so I try to stay away from creams as much as I can. 
Surprisingly, the Snowise Whitening Cream is pretty light in texture! Easy to spread, non-greasy, absorbs quite well. 
This is one of my favourite cream!! 
Although it's quite pricy....
I really hate heavy stuff... even for night time, my skin just can't absorb all the moisture from thick creams!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Whitening Fluid

Snowise EX Whitening Fluid
125mL ($54 USD)

This is a whitening emulsion/lotion I like very much! 
it has a silky texture and kind of crystal like transparency. 
Even when I apply it on my skin, it feels so soft!! 
Ingredients consist of Korea medicinal herbs which aims to brighten, detoxify, clarify and even-out skin tone.    

 

The Snowise Whitening Fluid absorbs fast and can keep your skin moisturised for a long period of time. It absorbs quickly, leaving my skin smooth and soft. Mulberry extracts brighten dull skin. 

I also noticed my skin became a bit opague after using it for ~1 month. Rhubarb extracts prevent melanin pigment from forming. 

I am pretty happy with the results. 

Steps:
morning:   Snowise EX Whitening Water -> Snowise EX Whitening Serum -> Snowise Whitening Fluid 
night:  Snowise EX Whitening Water -> Snowise EX Whitening Serum -> Snowise Whitening Cream

Massage the skincare into your skin for better results.

After applying, my skin feels moisturized, soft and smooth!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Whitening Serum

50mL, $163 USD

This is the most expensive product in the Snowise line...

The new packaging is way better than one from the past.. which was like 5mL x 6 bottles

This serum helps reduce and brighten pigmentation and protect skin from UV light and heat. The texture is thick but liquidy and absorbs quickly.  It has a strong herbal scent, but not irritating. 


Main ingredient and function:

- Rhubarb -- main whitening ingredient in the Snowise line, suppresses melanin from forming, brightens dull skin, improves metabolism 
- Morus Alba -- detoxifies
- White Ginseng polysaccharide extracts restores skin vitality
- Hedyotis Diffusa extracts stimulates skin's natural circulation, returning a clear and bright complexion

- Other ingredients -- concentrated Korea herbs that whitens your skin, stimulates blood circulation, drain away toxic impurities, keep your skin balanced



For whitening products, you usually see results in ~6 months time. I had only been using this whitening serum for ~2 months and my acne marks visibly lightened. For best results, wrap your face with your palm immediately after applying it, so the heat from your hand can help the serum absorb faster.

Steps: Snowise Balancing Water --> Snowise Whitening Serum

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Whitening Water

Snowise EX Whitening Water

125mL ($50 USD)

I wasn't going to review anymore whitening products, but since the sun is still quite strong even in North America, I feel I should review this set which has strong whitening effects... 

During the Summer, we do have to use whitening products to "prevent" ourselves from getting darker. After the Summer, when the sun is not as heavy, it's time that we use better whitening products to replenish and get whiter.

The Sulwhasoo Snowise line contains many kinds of Korea medicinal herbs, including Kozo, fermented soybean natto, rhubarb, marsh parsely, concentrated pomegranate, licorice root and white mulberry. These ingredients are intended to help brighten, clarify, detoxify and even-out skin tone. 
The Sulwhasoo products all have a herbal scent. 
I have used the whole whitening line for ~9 months. 


This line is suitable for the summer as well. 
The Snowise EX Whitening Water is a clear and gentle gel type toner. 
Since the texture is thick, it can provide deep hydration to dry skin. 
This whitening line uses nanotechnology, so particles can penetrate and be absorbed quickly. 
My skin sucks its water moisture like a sponge! 



After using First Care Serum, pour some Snowise EX Whitening Water on your hand (palm) and apply or massage on your face. 

I haven't applied the toner on my hand yet, you can see these dry fine lines on my skin.  

After application, the fine lines are not visible anymore!!  


I will give this toner a 4.5 out of 5 and will definitely get it again!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Biotherm Aquasource Nuit Deep Hydrating Jelly


50mL, $42 USD, $50 CAD

The light blue jelly is used as a night moisturizer 
It spreads easily and melts into your skin !!
It smells sweet (like a fruit), hey it can give you a sweet dream =)
You just need 1-2 pumps and it's enough to cover the entire face



Our skin goes through a repairing cycle at night time
This process uses a lot of water and nutrients
I do not find that just using this product alone, is enough for the repairing cycle
I usually use it as a base at night then follow with another thicker moisturizer on top
You could just try using this one and see how you feel.. everyone is different

However, I recommend you to use it during winter time and at NIGHT only
I tried using this product during the summer time and it's a little too much..
It feels a little greasy...

This product does contain alcohol...
So.. you might want to consider before trying it
Those with sensitive skin should definitely try the tester or get a sample before buying

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Biotherm Aquasource 48h Deep Hydration Replenishing Cream

50mL ($47.00 USD/ CAD)

Hydration is necessary for everyone living anywhere with any skin type !

This Biotherm Gel cream is one of my favourite items that I must have on my shelf.
The green line is for normal combination skin while the pink line is for normal to dry skin.
Biotherm claims that this product can keep you hydrated for 48 hrs and that it contains no preservatives.



The price keeps on going up however...
In the States, it was $36 in Nov 2013, then now it's $47 !!
Maybe the price increased due to foreign exchange currency? 

There are a few ways how I like to use this product..

1) as a night cream gel (skin care), as a day time moisturizer, it is sometimes still too much for me

2) as a primer before I apply my make up -- having a layer of hydrated skincare helps your foundation stick onto your face much better!!

3) mix it with some foundation, the ratio should be 1 to 1, then apply it onto your skin, telling yourself that you are applying skincare and not foundation, this creates a natural and sheet look which sticks very well to your face. I took a bit of Biotherm Aquasource 48h Deep Hydration Replenishing Cream mixed with a bit of MAC Fixed Fluid SPF 15. The result is great!! It's very easy to spread and very hydrating. My make up is not too thick, not too thin, of course I followed with loose powder so my make up lasts longer. 

It smells refreshing, feels great and it is non-greasy too!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Biotherm Aquasource Deep Serum


60mL, $50 CAD

This is one of Biotherm's new products !!
They had a similar one long long time ago, known as Aquasource Gel, but it was discontinued
The Aquasource Gel was very light and it's suitable for day time
The Deep Serum is somewhat similar, but it's a little thicker in texture
It contains thermal plankton, a substance found in hot springs

It also contains micro pearls to help improve brightness physically
However, oily skin people would probably want to stay away from products with pearls.. yeah.. as if your face is not shiny enough you need something to bring it out even more...


My skin stays deeply hydrated and it feels good under make up
The smell is refreshing and it is non-greasy
I usually follow the serum with a moisturizer, but I find it not really necessary
This serum itself can serve as a moisturizer
With another moisturizer on top, it might feel a little heavy

Overall, I would say that this is a lovely product and I will for sure go for seconds !!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Biotherm Clarifying Exfoliating Gel

150mL, $19 USD

Now that Autumn is coming, our skin is getting drier.
It is very important that we keep our skin hydrated and clean at all times!!

I have been addicted to the smell of the biotherm green line (Aquasource) for awhile ~~

This line is for normal combination skin.
Biotherm also have the exact same product (pink line) for dry skin.

The texture is a light water gel with tiny exfoliating beads. 

It helps to cleanse, hydrates your skin.
At the same time, the exfoliating beads help to remove dead skin cells.
After using it, my skin feels healthy, radiant and fresh.



However, I wouldn't recommend using it every single day, cause your skin doesn't have that many dead skin cells, unless you live in a polluted country then yeah, you can use it every day.
I would recommend using this every other morning or at night. 

It doesn't give my skin any irritation and the cleaning power is quite strong.
It probably won't be suitable for sensitive or dry skin.
I love this product and will get it again and again and again.

One thing to keep in mind is to NEVER use an exfoliator to remove make up !!
I know that some of us are lazy and we don't want to use a make up remover and just use a cleanser instead. Exfoliators are NOT cleansers, they remove dead skin cells by digging into your pores. When used on clean skin, exfoliators will dig into your pores and get the bad stuff out, but when used on "dirty" skin, the effect is opposite... it will dig your make up into your pores.. which isn't a good thing at all!! 

Please remember that this is NOT a cleanser, it is something to remove dead skin cells ON CLEAN SKIN.

It's a good thing that Biotherm changed the price of all their cleanser and toners to be $19 from now on ~~

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Baby Foot


1 package = ~1800 yen, ~$20-25 if bought online

I should have uploaded this post earlier, hope it's not too late now!!

I've tried a few Baby Foots and this is one of the best ones.
I bought this in Japan, I think it's also available in Hong Kong.


This is a deep foot exfoliating mask that renews your foot skin in 7-10 days
Wash and dry your feet, I would suggest doing the treatment after shower



Open the package and put on the 2 gel socks

Make sure the gel is touching your feet and close the opening by tying it with a string
After 1.5-2 hours, take the socks off and wash with luke warm water.


Amazing things happen....

Day 1 - 3 -- nothing happened
Day 4-6  -- the skin starts to peel ... then peels quite a bit


Day 7 -- by now your feet probably peeled like crazy
Day 8 -- the skin that comes off are big pieces of flakes!!!
Day 9 -- treatment complete by now, your feet should be renewed and soft


I know this foot mask is gonna make my feet peel like crazy
so I used it during summer time when I can wear sandals
I tried to stay away from socks, otherwise my socks will collect all the dead skin...
This is suitable for those who have accumulated a thick layer on your feet

Make sure you have enough entertainment before you put on the 2 gel socks
it's hard to walk in the socks and highly not recommended just in case gel leaks
also remove any toe nail polish before using this treatment

Monday, August 25, 2014

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream

이니스프리 그린티 밸런싱 크림
50mL, 15000 won

This natural green tea series uses 100% pure green tea water, contains high water moisture. 

Ingredients:
 

Herbal extracts - hydration
Chamomile - reduces redness and irritation
Mint - protection  
Lavender - calms and relieves your skin
Catechin - anti-oxidizes, sanitizes and soothes sensitive skin
Most creams are thick, even the gel creams I have tried are thick for me 
But this one is ok, the texture is light and I don't find it greasy 
  

The anti-oxidant effect in green tea is 20x that of Vitamin E. 
Suitable to be used at night and during the summer time.
Green tea helps protect your skin against environmental damages such as UV rays.
Green tea also contains a rich supply of Catechin and Vitamin C.
Fast absorbing, refreshing and locks moisture to your skin.

After trying the toner, lotion, essence and cream from the Green Tea line, I have to say the series is great! I love using something light and not greasy, just that the smell is too perfumy... 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum





80ml, 22000won

Green Tea contains anti-oxidants which helps protect your skin against pollution.
Ingredients include herbal extracts and natural green tea, smells refreshing~

Green tea extracts suck water like a sponge, locks moisture to your skin, so down from the bottom to top, your skin will feel fully hydrated!!!


The essence is smooth in texture, fast absorbing, light, non-greasy, super hydrating and doesn't give me breakouts. However, after a few hours, oil forms on my skin... so I start to use it only at night. It helps stimulate your cells and replenishes your skin.  For sensitive skin, this can also be used to reduce redness.

Most suitable for the summer time since it contained so much water moisture.
It can be used day and night

Except for the smell, I love everything else about this essence ~~

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion

이니스프리 그린티 밸런싱 로션
140ml, 12000 won

Suitable for normal combination skin.

Contains 87% pure green tea extracts, can penetrate into the surface of your skin and deliver water moisture to the bottom layer. It feels light in texture, super fast to absorb, leaving your skin hydrated at all times.

white opague color, light and thin in texture~


It forms a thin protective layer on your skin, does not leave a greasy feeling, feels fresh, but the smell is again a bit too strong... doesn't smell like green tea at all... rather perfumy... I feel like putting a perfume lotion on my face! I like to use skincare with a light scent, but hey... this is too much!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin

이니스프리 그린티 밸런싱 스킨

140 mL, 12000 won

I tried a few tea products but they never smell like tea... include this one.. 
The Green Tea Pure Skin smells like the Etude House Magic Enzyme Pack Peeling, kind of perfumey.... probably even stronger, but no green tea smell at all... 
It got to a point that I find the scent too strong....



Most toners are watery... but this one is like a clear gel
It feels so hydrating and refreshing, absorbs super quickly
My face is fully hydrated, feels like I just applied a light face gel ~
Suitable to be used during the summer time. Not moisturizing enough for the winter or those that live in cold and dry area... like me... I won't use it during the winter for sure =)
During the summer, you can try putting it in the fridge to make it cooler. After a day of sunshine, use it and it feels so cool on your face~



The Innisfree Green Tea Line consists of skincare for 3 skin types (dry, normal/ combination and oil)

Dry skin:
Innisfree Green Tea Moisture Skin
Innisfree Green Tea Moisture Essence
Innisfree Green Tea Moisture Cream


Normal/ Combination skin:
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion
Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream

Oil skin:
Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Skin 
Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Essence
Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Lotion
Innisfree Green Tea Fresh Cream

For all skin types:
Innisfree Green Tea Pure Powder Wash
Innisfree Pure Cleansing Foam
Innisfree Pure Cleansing Oil
Innisfree Pure Cleansing Water
Innisfree Mineral Cleansing Bar

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Oil
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Deep Cream
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Eye Cream

Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask 
Innisfree Sleeping Pack

Innisfree Pure Gel Hand Cream
Innisfree Mineral Mist
Innisfree Eco Natural Green Tea BB Cream


For Body:
Innisfree Pure Body Cleanser
Innisfree Pure Body Lotion
Innisfree Pure Body Gel Scrub



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Skinfood Fresh Cabbage Hair Pack


200g, 6000 won

I had been so busy that I haven't updated my blog for several months !!!

Ever since the summer is here, I noticed my hair being more greasy than usual... 

The Skinfood Fresh Cabbage Hair Pack is only available in Korea and not available in Hong Kong or Taiwan.

It looks like noodles ha ha, but hey it's a hair mask!! The hole in the tube is so small.... I had to squeeze hard and for like 10 secs in order to get this much...



This is a refreshing hair mask suitable for oily/damaged hair. Cabbage can help control excess oil in your hair scalp.


My hair..... is quite oily... I did de-ionization (straightening) and then I did perming... so my hair is heavily damaged... this mask is really refreshing, good for the summer, but it's not moisturizing enough for my damaged hair... I need a super rich hair mask so my hair doesn't break easily...

After shampoo, dry your hair, massage the hair pack onto your hair, wait 5 mins and rinse with warm water.

Skinfood has 2 hair mask, the other one (Moisture Egg Hair Pack) is much more moisturizing~ I will review this one shortly !

Friday, April 18, 2014

Innisfree Green Tea Pure Body Lotion

이니스프리 그린티 퓨어 바디로션

300 mL, 12000 won

This is one of my favourite body lotions!!
It's suitable for any time of the year since it provides hydration.
Lots of people only use skincare on the face and totally forgot about the body
The body is as important as the face!!
The body has wrinkles too! Esp the belly area...

The Innisfree Green Tea Pure Body Lotion is just FANTASTIC!!
I usually apply it after shower
it has a cooling effect!



Light green runny gel that's absorb easily and feels refreshing
My legs are quite dry, after I apply this on, the fine lines became invisible
green tea also has anti-oxidant effects
consists of 92% natural ingredients such as green tea, aloe vera extracts
it doesn't smell like green tea at all, it smells like a men's cologne

I usually use it 3-4 days in a row and my legs feel completed hydrated

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Innisfree Mint Green Tea Rinse

200 mL, 7000 won

This one used to be only 5000 won... sigh... everything is getting expensive... 

It contains mint & green tea which gives my scalp a fresh feeling
suitable for oily hair or and with dandruffs

Light green in color, cream texture, smoothens hair and split ends ~~



This is to be used as a treatment, I treat it like a hair mask
Leave it on for 5-7 mins then rinse
I usually wash my hair and put this on while I am in the shower
As soon as I am done showering, I rinse it off
Compared to other economic brands, the quality of this treatment is way better!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Innisfree Mint Green Tea Shampoo


300mL, 6000 won

This is my favourite favourite shampoo!!
The previous size was 400 mL, 5000 won
Now the size decreased by 100mL and cost went up by 1000 won

The first time I used it.. 
OMG... the mint gives me a super relaxing feeling and my scalp immediately becomes softened and relaxed!! 



This is an anti-danfruff shampoo...
It contains mint & green tea which refreshes your scalp
My hair has always been oily and contains dandruff....
Finding a good shampoo has always been a problem...
I have tried Head & Shoulder, Herbal Essence Anti-dandruf Shampoo which helps a bit...
But the Innisfree Mint Green Tea Shampoo did reduced my dandruffs significantly  
If I hadn't listened to the salesperson, I would regret for sure!!!

2 pumps is good enough if you had long and lots of hair 

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