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My FIRST K-Beauty Haul Video- Part 2!!

Hi Beauties,

Part 2 of my FIRST K-Beauty Haul video is now up on youtube! There are more brands that I mentioned in this video, like COSRX, Skin & Lab, and more! This time the products were purchased myself from the Wishtrend site. Come check out the video! Let me know which product(s) you would like me to talk about in more details, and what else you’d like to see on my channel.

Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog and/or to my Youtube channel to get notifications of new videos I upload! I have more videos to upload in the coming weeks, and possibly more blog posts as well, so stay tuned.

 

My FIRST Youtube Video

Hi Beauties,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas/New Year’s break! I know I have not posted in a while, but I am excited to announce that I have a Youtube channel now! I just posted my very first video on Youtube a couple days ago.

 

This is the first part of a two-part K-Beauty haul video. Because this is just a haul, I tried not to go into too much detail on each product, especially since I had a TON of products to show in the video. Please check out the video, and let me know if there is any of those products that you would like me to talk about in detail! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my channels to get notifications of my newest video!

Stay Beautiful!

Fade Your Hyperpigmentation with COSRX Mela 14 White Ampule!

Hi Beauties!

I was moving some time ago and as you may know, moving can be so stressful! Not to mention all the dust you dug up while packing/unpacking. Between the dust and the neglecting my skincare some days (because I was so tired), my skin took quiet a hit- meaning, breakouts. So now, I have some more hyperpigmentation spots from those acne. I immediately went and bought the COSRX Mela 14 White Ampule. I used this earlier in the year too and noticed a significant improvement on my dark PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) spots in a month or two.

INGREDIENTS

There are two popular ingredients that are effective in fading hyperpigmentation and evening out the skintone: Vitamin C and Niacinamide. You have to use one at a time though, because if you use both at the same time (i.e. in the same skincare routine), they cancel each other out and so you won’t see a difference.

Anyway, I know a lot of people love Vitamin C to fade their hyperpigmentation, and don’t get me wrong- it does work. However, I think Vitamin C is pretty high maintenance because the more concentration the Vitamin C is in a product, the more unstable it is. This means that you have to make sure to put it in a fridge to lengthen its life, you have to be careful about using it in the daylight as it makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight, etc. Sure, I wear sunscreen during the day so even if I use Vitamin C product during the day, the sunscreen would prevent the Vitamin C from reacting to the sunlight and from making my dark spots even darker. I still prefer Niacinamide though because there’s no such rules/precautions I need to take.

As you might have guessed already, Niacinamide is the main ingredient in the COSRX Mela 14 White Ampule. Niacinamide is made from Niacin, which is also known as Vitamin B3. The human body produces this ingredient naturally too but only a small level. As I mentioned above, niacinamide is effective in fading hyperpigmentation caused by prior acne or age spots. Here are some other benefits of niacinamide:

– Niacinamide also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s good for treating acne by reducing clogged pores.

– It helps produce collagen, which gives the skin a youthful firmness
– It prevents moisture loss and dryness by producing ceramides, which is a lipid layer in the skin’s epidermis that shields the skin from losing moisture.

So, Niacinamide is beneficial for both young skin that suffers from acne and hence the post-acne hyperpigmentation but also for mature, aging skin.

EFFECTIVENESS

I used 1 drop of this for each side of my face, and then go in with a second drop on my hyperpigmentation spots, for a month and saw pretty significant improvements in my darkest spots, circled in purple in below picture. I was so pleasantly surprised!

SCENT

This ampoule has some kind of artificial scent- but I think it’s pretty subtle.

TEXTURE

 

The texture is a big more viscous than water but not as viscous as a gel. It feels very light on the skin. It IS sticky though, so keep that in mind.

WHERE TO BUY

I wish this product was available in more retailers, but so far I’ve found it only on Jolse. Amazon sells it too, but some of the reviews mentioned that it smells fishy. As I mentioned above, the actual product does have an artificial scent, but I don’t think it’s a fishy scent- so the COSRX Mela 14 White Ampule that you see on Amazon may be fake or old. Normally I have no issue buying Asian skincare products from Amazon, but I would not recommend it for this product.

OVERALL

Some things I do like about this product:

– It’s effective for my hyperpigmentation
– It’s light on the skin

Some thing I don’t like about this ampoule:

– The artificial scent; Even though it’s subtle, I still notice it because I do have a pretty sensitive sense of smell), so I wish it was completely scent-less.
– The stickiness

So, what do you guys think?

Foaming Powder Cleanser: Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash by Wishtrend

Hi Beauties!

Have you ever wished that there is a K-beauty product that is both a face wash and an exfoliator all in one? Well, there is! Wishtrend, one of the K-Beauty curators from where I purchase some of my K-beauty products, just launched their own green tea powder wash on Nov 10th- and I am one of the lucky beauty bloggers that they picked to try the product pre-launch!

KEY INGREDIENTS

Green tea powder- as a lot of you may already know, green tea is good for the skin because of its antioxidant properties. It is rich in vitamins A, C and E, which means that it helps to improve the skin tone, calm the skin, and purify the skin.

Papain Enzyme- this is an enzyme that is contained in papaya. Papain enzyme acts as an exfoliator, a skin softener, and helps fight acne.

Sodium Bicarbonate (aka Baking Soda)- ok, this might sound scary, having baking soda in a skincare product. Actually, apparently baking soda is excellent in removing blackheads and improving skin texture. It also penetrates deep into the pores and helps clean out the pores.

TEXTURE

The green tea powder is pretty soft compared to a lot of physical scrubs out there. When I mix some water with the powder, it kind of foams up, as you see in the picture below.

I apply this to my WET face and gently scrub it on the face and then rinse. After rinsing it out and drying my face, I can feel my face is super soft! I can also feel that the powder did not strip moisture out of my skin, which I love! I use this as a second-step cleanser, in addition to as an exfoliator. I also think this product is not bad as a cleanser because after I use this and then swipe a toner-soaked cotton pad across my face, I don’t see much (if any) leftover dirt/makeup on the cotton pad.

 

 

SCENT

Now, let’s talk about the scent! As one of the key ingredients in the product is green tea powder, this product does have a very subtle green tea scent to it. It’s so subtle that I barely noticed it though.

OVERALL

Overall, for the past few weeks I have been loving this power wash! I really think this is a product worth trying. If you would like to purchase this product, you can buy it from my link here: http://www.wishtrend.com/skin-care/1741-green-tea-enzyme-powder-wash-by-wishtrend.html?a_aid=aiforbeauty

I think Wishtrend is the only site that carries this product currently.

Let me know what you think, especially if you have purchased this and tried it!

Stay Beautiful!!

Simplest & Cruelty-Free: Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule

Hi Beauties!

You know how a lot of skincare products have so many ingredients? A lot of those ingredients that have difficult/long scientific names are actually “fillers” ingredients that are used as emollients, emulsifiers, solvents, etc to make the product into a certain texture/consistency. Recently a new brand in the K-Beauty market has emerged that uses all natural ingredients and the simplest ingredients, making their products safe and gentle enough for those of you with sensitive skin. Their products have been all over social media in the last several weeks (or maybe even the last several months!). The brand is called Pyunkang Yul.

Background of the Brand

Pyunkang Yul is an up-and-coming cruelty-free and all-natural brand that was developed by a traditional Korean medicine clinic in Korea called the Pyunkang Yul Oriental Medicine Clinic. The products are known to contain as few ingredients as possible without adding any “fillers” ingredients like emollients, emulsifiers, solvents, etc. Because the product contains only a few ingredients that are all natural, the products do not contain controversial ingredients like parabens and the products are known to be very gentle.

The brand carries products for dry skin as well as for those with normal and combination/oily skin. Ohlolly, a K-Beauty retailer based in Los Angeles, provides product recommendations for the different skin types here. Today the product from this brand that I am going to write about is the Moisture Ampoule

Even though the name “Moisture Ampoule” sounds like it should be used in the Serum/Ampoule step (which is step 5 of the 10-step skincare routine), this product is really meant to be used as the last step in your skincare routine. It is meant to seal in all the serums/ampoules and moisturization that all the skincare products have provided. In other words, this product is meant to serve the same function as a sleeping mask would.

Ingredients

Ninety percent of the Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule is made of Coptis Japonica Root Extract, which is the extract of a plant in East Asia called Coptis Japonica. The plant itself is cultivated to be used as traditional medicines, while the root extract is known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-infection properties- meaning that it calms and hydrates the skin.

Packaging

The Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule comes in a light dropper blue bottle. I noticed that the dropper doesn’t suck the product all the way up though, as you can see below. I think that might be because of the heavier, slimey consistency of the product? Not sure. A little does go a long way though, especially since I have a pretty small face, so I don’t need a full dropper stick worth of product to cover my entire face.

Consistency

The Moisture Ampoule has quite an interesting consistency- it’s a thicker, slimy consistency, kind of like snail mucin or honey. However, when it’s applied to the skin, it does not feel heavy at all (and I have combination to oily skin); it feels quite light on the skin actually. The ampoule is not easily spreadable, possibly because there is no water at all in the ingredients, as I mentioned above- so the best way to apply it on the skin is by tapping it into the skin.

It does feel sticky on the skin, but once the ampoule is absorbed by the skin, which takes a few seconds, the stickiness definitely went away. The skin also then feels so soft and smooth and hydrated. Additionally, it gives a cooling effect when applied to the skin.

Scent

The product has no scent. I heard that all the products in this Pyungkang Yul line have no scent, actually, which is nice, especially for those of you who are sensitive to fragrance in your skincare products.

Effect

I have used this for about a month now, and I have noticed that when I use this product, which is usually at night, my skin is less oily. My forehead is the most oily part of my face. When I don’t use this ampoule during my night routine, when I wake up the next morning, my forehead becomes oily like usual. When I do use this ampoule as part of my night routine, I notice my forehead stays matte the next morning! I think it’s safe to say that this ampoule is effective in controlling sebum.

Overall

Some things I like about this product:

– It controls sebum
– It is hydrating
– It has a light consistency

Some things I don’t like about this product:

– It’s sticky when first applied to the skin

Would I repurchase? I definitely like the brand and would purchase its other products- its simple yet effective and affordable. I’m not sure whether I would repurchase the moisture ampoule specifically though- just because I feel that there are other products that I need more in my routine, like a moisture serum, dark spots serum, a toner/essence- all of which Pyunkang Yul also carries (besides the dark spots serum). I guess I want to try the other Pyunkang Yul products first, like the moisture serum, and see if any of them can control my sebum too.

SO, what do YOU think?

The K-Beauty Skincare Routine & My Abridged Version- PART 2

Hi Beauties!!

So, in my previous post, I wrote about the first 5 steps of the universal 10-step Korean skincare and my abridged version of the routine. I also listed the products mentioned in my post. Now, let’s move on to the remaining 5 steps of the 10-step Korean skincare, and, of course, my abridged version of it.

 

*** DICTIONARY

If I put ***M on a certain step, that means it is a step that you definitely can NOT miss in your MORNING skincare routine; where as ***N means it is a step that you definitely can NOT miss in your NIGHT skincare routine. If it has both M & N next to the stars, that means you can NOT miss this step in BOTH skincare routines.

Step 6: Serum/Ampoule

Serums and ampoules are a highly-concentrated treatment for your specific skin problem. Let me back up, what is the difference between a serum and an ampoule? Long story short, both are concentrated treatment, but an ampoule is usually even more concentrated and more potent than a serum.

I have some stubborn post-acne hyperpigmentation spots, and so I am always looking for serums and ampoules that aim to fade these hyperpigmentation spots. So far, the serums/ampoules that I have found to be effective in fading hyperpigmentation spots are COSRX Mela 14 White Ampoule, Cellnco Vitamin Solution Radiant Whitening Ampoule (click here for my full blog post on this), and COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid (click here for my full blog post).

I also get clogged pores so easily. According to my research, clogged pores are basically the skin’s overproduced sebum that gets clogged within the pores. The skin overproduces the sebum because the skin is not hydrated enough, so the skin compensates for the dehydration by over-producing sebum. One way to prevent sebum over-producing is by hydrating the skin more. Of course, drinking more water would help hydrate the skin, but I can’t seem to drink enough water, so I’ve been looking for serums/ ampoules that provides hydration to my skin too. So far, I’ve been liking the Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum. Let me know in the comments if anyone has another recommendation for a serum/ampoule that helps prevent or treat clogged pores!

Step 7: Eye Cream ***MN

Eye Cream- this is the first thing about skincare that my mom taught me to do. The purpose of eye creams is to hydrate the skin under the eye and/or prevent/treat wrinkles in that area. The skin under the eyes are thinner than the skin on the rest of the face, so that’s why the eyes require a whole separate product from other facial skincare products.

I used to think that eye creams are only for “old” people, and I used to think “I’m still young- I have no wrinkles under my eyes yet, so I don’t need to use eye creams everyday!”…well, wrong! Even if you have no wrinkles under the eyes yet, you should still use eye creams to slow down the appearance of wrinkles. To be completely honest, I am still guilty of forgetting this step most of the times I do my skincare routine, but yes…this is actually an important step to include in a skincare routine!

I have not found my holy grail eye cream yet, so I would love to know what your holy grail eye creams are in the comment section below!

Step 8: Sheet Mask

This is probably the step that most people are familiar with, and to be honest, this is the most fun of all 10 steps! I think a lot of people like sheet masks, compared to other kinds of face masks, because sheet masks are relatively more convenient and faster than other types of face masks. You just put these babies on our face for 15-20 minutes, and that’s it! Sheet masks are usually soaked in essence and there is usually so much essence that when you’re done with the sheet mask, you still have a ton of the essence remaining in the packaging. I, like a lot of people I know, usually use the remaining essence on my neck, shoulders, arms, and legs- so no wasting product!

Because this step requires having the mask on my face for 15-20 minutes, I only do this at night- no time in the morning. Also, even though it is ideal to do this step everyday, I don’t think it’s necessary to do this every day.

I think every Asian skincare brand has some sheet masks, but some of my favorite brands of sheet masks are Leaders, Annie’s Way Gallery, Unitouch, and The Faceshop.

Step 9: Moisturizer ***MN

Moisturizer is the one of the common steps in western skincare routine, so do I still need to explain what this is? haha…For my combo/oily skin, I like moisturizers that balance my oil production. I have tried numerous moisturizers, and here are my favorite moisturizers so far:

COSRX All-in-One Snail Cream: This is one of my holy grail moisturizers! Even though it contains 92% snail secretion and so it has a sticky-looking consistency, it is NOT sticky at all! Even though the consistency looks pretty thick, it’s actually pretty light on the skin, so those with oily skin can still use this without feeling like their skin is suffocated by it. Also, no snail is killed in the process of making this cream! Learn more about this cream in my full review here

– Asis-Tobe Fresh Relief Moisturizer: very good in balancing my sebum! I bought this product as a special-request purchase from Beauty in Hanguk, a reseller of Korean beauty products in Korea. Quite honestly, I don’t know where else to purchase this product.

Hanyul Pure Artemisia Water Calming Gel: this one is not as good as Asis-Tobe Fresh Relief Moisturizer in regards to balancing, but this product is very light (gel-based) and very calming/soothing. It also smells amazing! I also purchased this product from Beauty in Hanguk as a special request purchase, but it’s also in Amazon (I think the Beauty in Hanguk website is currently down).

Step 10: SPF (For morning routine) ***M or Sleeping Mask (for night routine)

Suncare- I think this is another concept that is not uncommon in the western world. I’m sure you already know that we need to apply SPF to protect the skin from skin cancer. Not only that, SPF also helps fade any hyperpigmentation…or at least not make it even darker. The SPF products that used to be applied on me when I was a little girl were all greasy and thick in consistency, so I never liked wearing SPF on my face or on my body. Over a year ago, Soko Glam’s Best of K-Beauty Award Winner Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50+ PA +++ completely turned me around! Click here to read my full review on this product that answers how this product turned me from a non-spf-wearer to an spf-wearer. Another favorite SPF of mine, that I still use to this day, is the Missha All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero SPF 50 PA ++, which you can also see my review here.

Sleeping Mask- Sleeping masks, in my opinion, are basically a thicker version of a moisturizer. Some popular sleeping masks include the Laneige Sleeping Mask and E-Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack. If you want something more affordable, the Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel can also make a good sleeping mask.

In terms of necessity, I think in the morning it is CRUCIAL to wear SPF, but at night, I don’t think using a sleeping mask is essential. Of course, if you feel like your skin needs the extra hydration that you’re not getting from your moisturizer and if you have time, you can use a sleeping mask on top of your moisturizer. I just don’t think it’s an absolute must, especially if your moisturizer already does the job well.

Ok, so let’s recap:

The universal 10-step Korean skincare routine:

  1. Oil Cleansing
  2. Water-based/Foam/Gel Cleanser
  3. Exfoliation
  4. Toner
  5. Essence
  6. Serum/Ampoule
  7. Eye Cream
  8. Sheet Mask
  9. Mosturizer
  10. SPF (for morning)/ Sleeping Mask (for night)

My Abridged version- the version that I HAVE TO do EVERYDAY (steps that I do only once or twice a week, like exfoliation, is not part of my Abridged version here)

Morning:

  1. Foam/Water/gel-based Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Eye Cream
  4. Moisturizer
  5. SPF

Night:

  1. Oil-based Cleanser
  2. Foam/Water/Gel-Based Cleanser
  3. Toner
  4. Eye Cream
  5. Moisturizer

Products Mentioned:

For those products mentioned that I have NOT written a blog post about, let me know if you would like me to write about them!

I hope that I have helped simplify for you the overwhelming 10-step Korean skincare routine. I have to put a disclaimer here though: everyone’s skin is different; What works for me may or may not work for you. The abridged version of the skincare routine that I have suggested in this post and the prior post is just a suggestion. The most important thing is still to listen to your own skin. If the 5 steps in my abridged version works for you, then that’s awesome! If your skin prefers fewer steps, then that’s awesome too!

Let me know what your skincare routine looks like and whether there are any products that you would recommend that I try!

Stay Beautiful!!

The K-Beauty Skincare Routine & My Abridged Version- PART 1

DISCLAIMER: I break this topic into multiple posts so hopefully it’s not as overwhelming! ?

Hi Beauties!

As you might already know, I love testing different skincare products and sharing my knowledge and experience with these products. However, one day recently while talking to one of my friends, I realized that hey- I have been sharing my thoughts on different skincare products and yet I have not even written about the skincare routine that incorporates the products I have reviewed! So in this blog post, I will be breaking down the different steps in the skincare routine.

If you don’t already know, the Koreans are known for their 10-step Korean skincare routine. First let me just say that to me, having a skincare routine is a way to take a few minutes to relax and pamper yourself; it’s like a spa getaway, except it’s at home and it doesn’t cost as much as an actual spa getaway. In this busy world, it is so easy to get carried away in all the busy-ness that we forget to take care of ourselves, take care of our skin.

I do understand that a 10-step skincare routine could be overwhelming and realistically, we’re all busy people- we do not have time to do ALL 10 steps every single day; well, at least I know I rarely have time to do ALL 10 steps. I usually do all 10 steps during some weekends when I have time. With that said, I do have an abridged version of the 10-step skincare routine, and I will put *** on the steps that I include in my abridged version – these are the steps that I think should really be done every single time you do your skincare routine.

 

*** DICTIONARY

If I put ***M on a certain step, that means it is a step that you definitely can NOT miss in your MORNING skincare routine; where as ***N means it is a step that you definitely can NOT miss in your NIGHT skincare routine. If it has both M & N next to the stars, that means you can NOT miss this step in BOTH skincare routines.

Ok, so enough babbling and let’s get to it!

Step 1: Oil Cleanser ***N

The oil cleanser is to clean your makeup. The reason an OIL cleanser rather than a WATER cleanser in this first step is because oil cleansers contains the “good oils” that cleanses the “bad oils” that is naturally produced by the skin or the oil from makeup products. Oil cleansers usually use oil that doesn’t clog the pores and removes impurities within the skin.

Normally you use oil cleanser on dry skin (i.e. rather than on wet face), massage the oil on your face, and then wash it off. You have to wash it off so the oil doesn’t clog the pores.

In an abridged skincare routine, this step is very necessary and should be done as part of your night skincare routine, assuming that you wear some makeup during the day. If you don’t wear makeup, I don’t think this step is very necessary and you go directly to the foam/water/gel-based cleanser step.

 

Some good oil cleansers that I’ve tried: Banila Co. Clean It Zero & Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil. Check out my full review of the Banila Co. Clean It Zero here.

Step 2: Foam/Water/gel-based Cleanser***MN

After you wash off the oil cleanser in Step 1, you need to make sure you get all the oil of the oil cleanser, and any remaining dirt, off your face. This is what the Step 2 cleanser is (some people refer to it as “second step cleanser”). Second-step cleanser is usually water-based; it can be a foam cleanser or a gel cleanser.

Most foam cleansers leave your face feeling tight and squeaky clean. This is NOT a good thing because that means that the natural moisture of your skin is stripped off by the cleanser, resulting in the tight and squeaky clean feeling.  However, I have found a foam cleanser that does not make your face feel tight and squeaky clean; it is the Neogen Real Fresh Foam Cleanser (click here for my full review of this product). A gel-based cleanser that I would recommend, if you don’t like foam cleansers, is the COSRX

I think this is a very essential step to do in both morning and night skincare routines.

Step 3: Exfoliation

Exfoliation is very important to do in a skincare routine because it helps scrub out the dead skin cells that your skin sheds. I went into more details about exfoliation in one of my prior blog posts titled “Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!!!

Most exfoliation products are too harsh to use everyday and that could result in your skin getting irritated- so, I don’t think you need to exfoliate every day, and on the days that you do exfoliate, I would recommend doing it just once that day- either in the morning or at night.

Here are some good exfoliation products that I would recommend:

Neogen Bio Gauze Peeling Pads (these are pre-soaked pads that have a harsh side and a soft side)
Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder (this is gentle enough to be used everyday. There are 4 different versions- each for a different skin type. This contains mostly rice powder and papaya enzyme. If you are allergic to papaya enzyme, I would stay away from this; Otherwise, this is a good exfoliator that you can use everyday).

Step 4: Toner ***MN

Cleansing your face tends to result in an imbalance your skin’s pH, meaning that cleansing the face might strip off some moisture of your face, drying out some of the skin’s moisture. Toners are meant to re-balance the skin’s pH while also taking off any remaining dirt that might still be on the face even after the double cleansing steps (i.e. step #1 & #2). When I don’t tone my face, I start getting a couple clogged pores. This is why I think toners are very essential to a skincare routine and should be done in the morning and at night every single day.

A lot of western-brand toners contain alcohol, which is a big no no. The Asian-brand toners that I’ve known of do not contain any alcohol. Some people apply toners directly to the face (with a patting motion), but other people, like me, pour some of the toner onto a cotton pad and then gently swipe the cotton pad across my face- this way, any remaining makeup/dirt that is still on my face after the first two steps can be wiped off. Nowadays, there are more and more toners that are in mist form, like the COSRX AHA BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner and Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner. Some people do like their toners in mist form, and I can see why, but I personally prefer my toners on a typical non-mist bottle.

I have tried quiet a number of toners, and so far the Son & Park Beauty Water is my favorite toner (check out my full post on the Son & Park Beauty Water here). Here are some other toners that I have tried:

Lapothicell A.C. Daily Calming Peeling Booster: Check out my review on this product here

Step 5: Essence

The essence…while this might be a new concept in the western world, in the K-Beauty world, essences have been around for ages! Essences are meant to prep the skin for the next skincare steps. Most essences have a runny watery consistency- there is a few essence products that I know of that have a bit thicker consistency than water. Honestly, I think essence is one of the products that you can skip in your abridged skincare routine.

 

The Missha First Treatment Essence is my holy grail essence, partly because it contains niacinamide, which helps fade out hyperpigmentation. It is also scentless- so those of you who are sensitive to fragrance would like this aspect. Also, the Missha First Treatment Essence is the cheaper (but still as effective) version of the SKII First Treatment Essence.

Ok! Before this post gets any longer, let me end it there for now…we’ll continue with the remaining 5 steps in my next post! Below is a summary of what my abridged skincare routine looks like so far. I am also listing the products mentioned here and the links to my full review on them (if I have written a review on them), and links to the site where you can buy them.

MY ABRIDGED SKINCARE ROUTINE (out of the first 5 steps of the 10-step Korean skincare routine):

Morning:

  1. Foam/Water/gel-based Cleanser
  2. Toner

Night:

  1. Oil-based Cleanser
  2. Foam/Water/Gel-Based Cleanser
  3. Toner

Products Mentioned:

For those products mentioned that I have NOT written a blog post about, let me know if you would like me to write about them!

Stay Beautiful!!

Got Chapped Lips? Try Peripera Butter Pang!!

Hi Beauties!

Got dry AND pale lips? Try the Peripera Butter Pang! I have been loving these so much because not only are they oh so moisturizing they are also tinted.

MOISTURE, TRANSFERABILITY & LONGEVITY

These are like tinted lip balm. The tint does not transfer much and lasts about 4 hours (see picture below). I wish the tint lasts longer, but my lips sometimes get dry pretty fast, so at those times I’ve had to keep re-applying anyway.

SHADE-CHANGING

Another attribute of the Peripera Butter Pang is that the shade changes color depending on the skin temperature; when the skin is heated, the shade gets deeper, and when the skin is cooler the shade becomes lighter. I honestly don’t see the shades changing, but maybe that just means my skin is always on the warm side temperature-wise.

SHADES SWATCHES

These Peripera Butter Pang lip tints come in 3 shades (Cream Butter, Peach Shea Butter, and Pink Butter), but I have only the Cream Butter and the Peach Shea Butter shades.

Shade #1 Cream Butter: This shade is light, natural-looking, pink. I think this is a good shade for everyday wear if you’re going for that natural look.

 

Shade #2 Peach Shea Butter: This shade is an reddish orange color. I don’t like wearing a bold red shade on my lips, especially for an everyday look for work, so this shade is the perfect natural reddish color. I think this color would look food on any skin tone, but I think it looks best with a warm skin tone with yellow undertone, like mine.

INGREDIENTS

The main active natural ingredients of the Peripera Butter Pang are the Shea Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, and Camellia Japonica Seed Oil (Japanese Tea Oil, also commonly known as Tsubaki Oil)- all of which have moisturizing properties. There is also Red 27 dye in the ingredients. This is the ingredient that contributes to the change in the shade color according to skin temperature.

OVERALL VERDICT

 

To recap, here are the things that I love about the Peripera Butter Pang:

– It’s so moisturizing, just like a lip balm!

– The shades are natural-looking, perfect for everyday wear

– The tint doesn’t transfer much

There really isn’t much about this product that I don’t like. The only thing I don’t like about this product, but can still tolerate, is that the tint doesn’t last all day. Again, my lips tend to get dry pretty fast (within 4 hours), so I have to re-apply anyway- Interestingly, after re-applying once, usually the color seems to stay longer!

By the way, I purchased these tints from Amazon:

So, I have finally revealed one of my two most favorite lip tint products! What do you guys think? Had you heard of this product before? If so, how do you like it? If not, have I inspired you to try it? I hope I have! ^^

What other moisturizing lip products have you tried that does NOT transfer? Place a comment below and let’s start a conversation! Also, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog with your email address to get updated newly-published blog posts and follow me on Instragram, Facebook or Twitter @aiforbeauty

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Cellnco Vitamin Solution Radiant Whitening Ampoule

Hi Beauties!

I was reading Sokobeauty’s blog about the Cellnco Vitamin Solution Radiant Whitening Ampoule a few months ago and decided to purchase this product from w2beauty a couple months ago. The product claims to help fade dark spots that resulted from past acne- and you all know that I have some serious dark spots!

INGREDIENTS

Reading through the ingredients, I saw that this ampoule has both niacinamide and L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C). I have heard that these two whitening ingredients cancel each other out when used together. Here, the L-Ascorbic Acid is one of the last ingredients on the list and the niacinamide is high on the list, so that usually means there is more niacinamide than L-Ascorbic acid. I was still not expecting much out of this product though, due to the potential offsetting interaction between those two ingredients.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Alcohol Denat., Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-10, Biosaccharide Gum-1, PPG-2-Deceth-12, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Carbomer, Arginine, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Adenosine, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Artemisia capillaris flower Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) root Extract, Leonurus Sibiricus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Atractylodes Japonica Rhizome Extract, Ailanthus Altissima Bark Extract, Cnidium officinale root Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Dextrin, Gardenia Yellow Color, Fragrance

EFFECTIVENESS

Let me just jump directly to the results I was seeing after using this product for about a month.

Below is what my dark spots looked like on both my cheeks just before I started using this ampoule (i.e. Day 1).
After 1 month, I could see the dark spots becoming lighter…and fewer.

Also note that after that first month, I had a new acne that left me with a new deep dark spot on my left cheek. I continued using the ampoule for a second month. I saw significant improvement on the new dark spot on the left side, as well as continued fading of the dark spots on the right cheek.

I am happy to see that this ampoule actually works!!
 

CONSISTENCY, TEXTURE, & SCENT

Ok, so let’s talk about the details of the product itself! It has a clear-colored gel-like consistency. I say “gel-like” because when spread out on the skin, it is lighter than gel, but still thicker than water. It is sticky on the skin though.

For those who are sensitive to fragrance, this ampoule does have fragrance. It has the scent of an orange that is not so subtle but also not overpowering. I do like this scent. Also, the ampoule is moisturizing as well. Sometimes I can get away without applying further moisturizer because the ampoule feels moisturizing enough!

My skin hydration level was 51.4% before applying the ampoule, and then 63.1% after application of the ampoule

OVERALL

Overall, here are aspects of this ampoule that I like and dislike:

Likes:

– It fades my post-acne dark spots!
– The orange-y scent
– Light gel consistency
– Moisturizing
– The durable, elegant tear drop bottle

Dislikes:

– The stickiness on the skin

This ampoule contains 7.0 oz/ 50 ml of the product and it lasted me a couple months. As I mentioned, I purchased this from w2beauty for $28. I think this ampoule is worth a try if you’re trying to fade your post-acne dark spots. If your skin is sensitive to L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), I think you should still be ok with this ampoule because the L-Ascorbic acid is lower on the ingredient list- but I would just patch-test it first before you apply it on your whole face, just to be safe.

I do wonder though if this ampoule is really ok for those with sensitive skin, so let me know your thoughts! Even if you don’t have sensitive skin and have tried this product, I would still love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below! What other products have worked for fading your hyperpigmentation?

The CUTEST Sheet Masks: Unitouch Miss O Facial Masks

I normally do not dedicate a full review/blog post on sheet masks, but I love these sheet masks so much that I have to dedicate a full review blog post on them! First of all, how cute are these masks?!?!?! I have never seen sheet masks this cute haha…No wonder they’ve been posted all over Instagram!

About the brand

The brand, Unitouch, is a Taiwanese brand that fully uses natural plant essence oils instead of chemically-synthesized oils. They have 4 lines of products: Perfection Perfect Series, Garden Series, So What?! Series, and Miss O Oh Lala Series. The masks that I am reviewing here are 4 of the 5 masks in the Miss O Oh Lala series.

My New FAVORITE Sheet Masks!!

With any sheet masks, I always feel that you can’t see a significant difference (besides moisturization) after only 1 use. With that said, here I will talk only about how these masks feel when I applied them on my skin.

Before I go deeper into the masks, let’s talk about why these are my new favorite masks:

Firstly, I have always loved sheet masks that are thin (the “almost-invisible” kind of thin) and flexible (i.e. easy to fit onto my small face). These Unitouch Miss O sheet masks are thin enough to be flexible to fit onto the face but not so thin that I would worry about ripping it while unfolding it. Essentially, these sheet masks are just the right thickness for me.

Secondly, with other sheet masks that I have tried (and I have tried A LOT of sheet masks), the essence is always dripping from the masks while I was unfolding the masks. Unitouch Miss O sheet masks also have a lot of essence, but the essence doesn’t drip from the masks.

Now, let’s go on to the sheet masks…

Miss O Oh Lala Sheet Masks

This line of the Unitouch products contain 5 sheet masks, but I only purchased 4 of them:

Relax Facial Mask– This masks helps to clean and heal the skin. It has a natural and VERY subtle scent. Below are the main ingredients and their benefits to the skin:

– Citrus Paradisi Extracts: this is basically grapefruit extracts, which contains natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
– Avina Sativa Extracts: Oat extracts, which helps fight inflammation, soothes the skin, and moisturizes the skin.
– 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Extracts: This is a stable Vitamin C ingredient that helps whiten and brighten the skin, as well as protects the skin from ultraviolet B damage and improves collagen formation in the skin.

Good Night Facial Mask– Hydrates and brightens the complexion. The main ingredients include

– Lavandula Angustifolia extracts: lavender plant extracts, containing soothing and calming properties for the skin, as well as antibacterial properties.
– VITIS VINIFERA EXTRACTS: Grape Seed extracts, containing natural antioxidants
– SODIUM HYALURONATE EXTRACTS: sodium salt of hyaluronic acid, which keeps the skin well-hydrated that then slows down aging.

Makeup Facial Mask – This mask is meant to be used before putting on makeup. It looks like the primary ingredient is water, but it also includes ingredients like Butylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol that thins out the viscosity of the essence on the mask. I mentioned this mask is meant to be used before putting on makeup, which for me usually means in the morning. However, since I never have time in the morning for a face mask, I used this at night, just like the other masks. It’s as good as the other masks, but I can’t say that it feels like a primer or anything like that- so I think this mask can be used at night too.

Outdoor Facial Mask – This mask is meant to be used to soothe the skin after being out in the sun all day. Like the Makeup Facial Mask, the primary ingredient is water, with thinning ingredients like Butylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol. Since I am rarely outside in the sun for long enough to get sunburnt skin or anything like that, I used this mask under “normal” circumstances- not with sunburnt skin. The mask feels like the other Unitouch Miss O masks; I didn’t feel anything special, compared to the other Unitouch Miss O masks.

So that is it for my full review of the Unitouch Miss O Facial Masks. I purchased these masks from Beautibi using the links below. I would recommend you to try these masks and let me know your thoughts!

Relax Facial Mask: https://www.beautibi.com/collections/unitouch/products/miss-o-relax-facial-mask

Stay Beautiful!!!

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