Thursday, August 30, 2012

Innisfree 7 Herbs Whitening Essence

50mL, ~20000 won

Ingredients include Peppermint, Primula, Mallow, Lady's mantle, Speedwell herb, Balm mint and Yallow. Arbutin brightens dull skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots. These ingredients provides triple whitening effect, moisturises and hydrates your skin! 

Surprisingly this essence didn't have as strong of a herbal scent like the other toner. I was kind of disappointed on this one... based on the price, I was expecting a little more... the texture was ok, medium moisturising, not heavy.. but there's really no WOW feeling....

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Innisfree 7 Herbs Whitening Lotion

150 mL, ~10000-15000 won

The first time I apply this lotion on my face, I had a WOW feeling~~

It's so hard to describe!! When you apply normal lotion, you will feel a layer on your skin. This one is moisturising, but it doesn't feel heavy, no pressure at all!! The lotion is non-greasy, it doesn't give you a matte or dry feeling, but rather makes you feel.... moisturised!!

Ingredients include Peppermint, Primula, Mallow, Lady's mantle, Speedwell herb, Balm mint and Yallow. These ingredients provides triple effect to whiten, moisturise and hydrate your skin! In addition, Arbutin brightens dull skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots.

Although I love this lotion, but it takes me ages to finish it... It's still not finished now... I usually don't have the patience to use one product from finished to end... so I guess I wouldn't be getting it again in the future...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Innisfree 7 Herbs Whitening Skin

150 mL, ~10000-15000 won (I don't really remember)

Innisfree uses natural ingredients for most of their products. I have never seen any other brand using all natural ingredients for their whitening skincare line.

Ingredients include Peppermint, Primula, Mallow, Lady's mantle, Speedwell herb, Balm mint and Yallow. These ingredients provides triple effect to whiten, moisturise and hydrate your skin! In addition, Arbutin brightens dull skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots.

I don't like the smell... it's too "herby"... the toner or "skin" is clear and thick. Since it's stored in a glass bottle, the toner is cool when I pour it out.  It does a good job hydrating, but other than that, it's just a normal toner... 

The price is a little expensive... compared to other whitening product brands, but it is acceptable. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Neutrogena Ultra sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen

88 mL, $9.99 - 14.99 CDN

This is one of the best sunscreen I've ever used!! Most sunscreens are creamy, thick and greasy.. after you sweat, it just makes you all sticky and uncomfortable... but this one is soft, dry and not greasy at all!

During the summer, sunscreen is necessary everyday! Although I hate using it.. but still.. either you get a tan/sunburnt and a higher risk of getting skin cancer.. or.. you gotta use it!!!

I tried it on my hands then put hand cream on, it's still soft and not greasy!!
However, when you put it on, you gotta be careful to spread it out evenly! 
Else you'll see white sunscreen here and there~

There are 3 types of sunscreen﹕

1. sun milk - suitable for face, body, absorbs fast, think in texture, some are greasy and some are not.. really depends on the brand 

2. sun cream (I hate it!!!)  - suitable for body, thick and greasy, easy to clog pores

3. sun spray (my favourite!!) - for lazy people like me ha ha!! comes out as a mist, convenient! Guys usually use this kind~  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

LUKE Collagen Hydrogel Eye Patch

Each packet contains 5 pc, ~2000-3000 won in total

Ingredients: Vitamin A, C, E

Vitamin A - stimulates cell repair, increases production of collagen, improves skin texture, skin tone, refine pores 
Vitamin C - helps in the production of collagen, prevents lines and wrinkles, moisturizes, brightens skin
Vitamin E - provides anti-oxidant 

it feels sooo cool after applying it under my eyes
suitable for those with dark eye circles, tired eyes or those who just cried and had red swollen eyes

The first time I used it, I thought it was a dry sticker...
but after some investigation... the surface of the mask is dry
the other side (bottom) has a layer of icy jelly-like essence
the "coldness" helps to refresh and cools your eyes
after applying for ~15 mins, my eye area feels so cold!!
the layer of essence looks obviously thinner
my eyes are not as tired
for best results, I recommend using for at least 1 week, 7 days in a row

DHC has a similar eye mask which costs ~$10 USD for 6
not that expensive, but I still like this one more

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tony Moly Fresh Aqua Cooling 24 Eyes Stick

9g, 6000 won

I wasn't even intending to buy this one... but I need to make my purchase 100,000 won in order to get the gift... the salesgirl said this is an excellent hydrator for my eye area

There's 2 ways to use this:

1. use it as an eye moisturizer -- wash your face, apply toner then the 24 Eyes Stick

2. use it any time when your eye area feels dried, tired, exhausted

I like to apply it at the middle of the day when my eye area gets tired from working....
it feels ice coldl!! so if you are tired, it refreshes and wakes you up!
The eye stick is small and convenient, easy to apply
It also provides emergency uses!!
for example, if you just cried, did not get enough sleep, has huge eye puffs, the ice cold eye stick helps reduce your swollen eyes

The price of 6000 won is just great!! works out to be ~$5.5 USD
Vichy also has one, "Aqualia Antiox Anti-Fatigue Ice-Effect Eye Stick"
same size and they sell for ~$22-25....

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Missha Time Revolution White Cure Dark Control Cream

50mL, 28000 won

Ingredients:  DN-Aid, Trylagen, white Flower Extract 20%, white-Cure, Fullerenes (prevent dark spots from forming), Extramel-C (aids anti-aging)

This moisturiser is too thick for me.... too rich!!
suitable for dry skin, or use it at night time
It penetrates deeply into your skin, prevents melanin from forming, lightens skin tone
whitens + moisturizes at the same time
If you want the best results, use the entire line
or at least use the  whitening serum + whitening lotion during the day
and use the  whitening serum +  whitening cream at night
After trying it for a few nights, I do find my skin tone more even

Monday, August 13, 2012

Missha Time Revolution White Cure Science Blanc

50 mL, 45000 won

Ingredients: Fullerenes, DN-Aid, Aquaphyline, White-Cure

This has dual function, whitening and sun protecting
I've tried a lot of whitening essence, most of them are thick and greasy....
not easy to absorb, feels sticky and... heavy!!
Missha's whitening line is totally not the same!!
It feels sooo good!!

It is quite expensive... but you pay for what you get ~~
Out of the whole MIssha whitening line, this is the product I loved the most!
The essence is the most important whitening product in the line!
This is a MUST have ~~
It helps improve and brighten dull skin and prevent melanin from forming

It uses the pump design, which is convenient and clean !
White, light cream texture, non greasy
I've been using it for ~1 month, my previous acne marks have lightened a lot!!
I use it at night with a whitening night cream on top
Our skin goes through the repairing process from 12-2am
so using intensive whitening skincare during this time can gives the best result

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Missha Time Revolution White Cure Super Radiance Lotion

130 mL, 22000 won

Ingredients include: DN-Aid TM (DNA repair ingredient)﹐ 20% White Flower Extract﹐ LipoFullerene TM﹐ Chromocare TM (adjusts skin tone)

The lotion can repair cells, balances skin tone, lighten dark spots, brightens dull and smooths rough skin.

I've seen some whitening lotion with SPF, but this one doesn't have it, which is good!!
Those with SPF usually feels greasy....
I rather put on a separate sun protector ~

There's a light lemon scent~
Texture is light, water-based, easy to spread, quick to absorb, no pressure at all!!
Suitable for day time
But I do find it a little bit sticky.... 
I suggest using a whitening serum then the whitening lotion to get a better whitening effect
Just using the whitening lotion wouldn't be enough~~
Remember you must use a sun protector on top of any whitening products, else you'll get the opposite effect !! Your face won't be whitened but darkened !!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Missha Time Revolution White Cure Super Essential Toner

150 mL, 22000 won, $385 (HK retail stores)

This is a very watery toner, not like the other Korean thick toners...
I couldn't take a picture, coz it just runs off the back of my hand.

Ingredients: Neo-White LP (whitening particles), Chromocare TM (adjusts tone color), 20% White Flower Extract 

According to the Missha website, it can help lighten and balances skin tone, improves skin quality, prevents melanin from forming and hydrates

This set of whitening skincare by Missha is a little expensive
Results aren't very obvious..
Light lemon scent, clear watery texture
suitable for dry skin
If you want the best whitening effect, you must use a serum + moisturiser, the toner is just an "assistant"....

Friday, August 10, 2012

Innisfree White Tone Up Essence

50 mL, 20000 won

Most whitening essence I've tried are thick, sticky and greasy... I just love this one!! It's non-greasy, soft and absorbs fast!! It's feels different from other skincare I've tried! This one, you put it on and you wouldn't feel like you've put on anything... 

I usually like to use a thin hydrating serum before I apply a whitening serum, that way I can have both effects and wouldn't feel too heavy ~~


Mulberry + Vitamin B3 -- prevents melanin from forming, improves dark eye circles and fine lines, hydrates your skin, making it look radiant
Blueberry -- strong anti-oxidant, anti-aging, provides firmness and softens skin
Acai Berry -- a fruit that contains a huge volume of anti-oxidant particles, anti-inflammatory, suitable for sensitive skin too! cell regrowth, locks collagen to your skin
Grape seed oil -- whitening and hydration 


I would want to get this one again. But the price is a bit pricey compared to other Korean products. Innisfree is repackaging many of their products and approaching to a higher end.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Innisfree White Tone Up Eye Serum

30 mL, 20000 won

Ingredients include Mulberry, Brazilian berry, blueberry, western snow fruit, Vitamin B3, grape seed oil, all ingredients are 100% natural!!

This isn't an eye cream, it's an eye serum, so you'll need to use an eye cream on top of it for the serum to function properly ~~

Mulberry + Vitamin B3 prevents melanin from forming, improves dark eye circles and fine lines and hydrates your skin.  Grape seed oil contains whitening and hydrating particles that can also help to get rid of dead skin cells.

Same as the other products in the line, this one also contains no paraben, no artificial fragance, no mineral oil, no ethnol, no artificial colors, no animal ingredients and no benzophenone.

I love the size!! Most eye products are only 15mL, but this one has double the size!! 30mL which will last like 1/2 year!! The pumping design is convenient to use and clean. I don't really like eye cream in a jar where I have to dip my finger in there everyday....

The texture is not too thick and not too thin! Suitable for any weather. I used it for 3 weeks and have already seen good results. There are little particles in the serum that can help lighten dark eye circles. This is by far one of the eye products that actually works for me!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Innisfree White Tone Up Lotion

160 mL, 16000 won

Some whitening products are found with mercury, a chemical that can lighten skin tone
But Korea products uses natural whitening ingredients
Innisfree White Tone Up Lotion contains Mulberry, Blueberry, Acai Berry 

Mulberry -- contains Arbutin, prevent melanin from forming
Blueberry -- contains anti-oxidant, anti-aging effects, retrieves firmness and soothes skin
Acai Berry -- a fruit that contains rich anti-oxidant particles, anti-inflammatory, stimulates cell growth, locks collagen to your skin, also good for sensitive skin
There's a light lemon scent, but this is added.  Texture is light, not heavy at all! Suitable for the summer time, day and night. But for those who have dry skin, this might not be moisturising enough. 

This product has 7 no's...
No paraben
No artificial fragrance
No artificial colors
No mineral oil
No ethnol
No animal ingredients
No benzophenone

It's a 100% pure natural product, so it's good for all skin types. It absorbs fast and non-greasy.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Innisfree White Tone Up Skin

200 mL, 18000 won

I really don't know why Koreans call toner.. skin... if you ask a salesperson in Korea, it sounds so awkward... "Do you have skin?" well obviously I have skin! =P

Innisfree toners are generally thick in texture, but this one is not.. it's watery... 
When I was taking pictures I keep spilling it all over my hand.
it's summertime anyways, I prefer watery toners over thick toners

Milky ffeeee in color, light lemon smell
Etude House has a similar product Etude House Vitamin C O2 White Tone-up Toner
but that one has a way stronger lemon scent!


Since ffeeee has always been my favourite color, I loved the packaging!!
For those who wanna shop like crazy in Korea, you will be so disappointed of the glass bottle packaging...

Ingredients include Mulberry, which contains 5 kinds of natural berry essence. These essence include Vitamin B3, which can prevent melanin from forming dark spots on your skin, bringing out the whitening effect.

The product is made using the nanology technique, so it's easy to penetrate your pores and absorbs quickly. If your pour the toner on a cotton pad and rub it on your skin, it will remove dead skin cells as well. 

I do not feel any pressure using this product. 
ingredients are natural, the product itself is scent-free, mineral oil free, colorless
It feels good and very suitable for my skin

The entire series include:
Innisfree White Tone Up Skin (200mL) -- 18000 won
Innisfree White Tone Up Lotion (160mL) -- 16000 won
Innisfree White Tone Up Essence (50mL) -- 20000 won
Innisfree White Tone Up Eye Serum (30mL) -- 20000 won

Monday, August 6, 2012

Nature Republic Original Power Whitening & lineless Ampoule

30 mL, 9900 won (regular 19800 won)

Ingredients: MD Water 401, Arbutin, Adenosin, Grapefruit essence﹐ apricot essence, apple essence﹐ tea tree leave oil, lemon essence, lotus flower essence 

I was just shopping at Nature Republic and this was on for 50% off!!
I didn't even think and just took a few different bottles from the series
This is an ampoule, but it works the same as an essence.
I've always wanted to find something for whitening and anti-aging at the same time!
cause I am always indecisive rather I should use the whitening or anti-aging serum...

milky white essence, a bit thick in texture
whitening effects aren't that obvious
but it's anti-aging effects are quite good
since the texture is a bit thick, I prefer to use it at night
The white and golden packaging makes it look elegant
I like the idea of using an eye dropper than the pump, that way I can control easier how much I am using
However... after using 2/3 of the bottle, it becomes harder to squeeze out the serum

I don't have much feelings for it... the effects are really just... ok....

Sunday, August 5, 2012

It's Skin Power 10 Formula WH Effector

9900 won, $138 HKD

It's Skin Power 10 serums are very popular in Korea. I saw it in Hong Kong as well, but it's 2x the price of Korea!!
The whole series has 11 products:

- Power 10 Formula WH Effector (whitening)
- Power 10 Formula WR Effector (fine lines and wrinkles)
- Power 10 Formula VE Effector (moisturising)
- Power 10 Formula PO Effector (oil control, pore refining)
- Power 10 Formula LI Effector (calms sunburnt skin)
- Power 10 Formula GF Effector (deep moisturising, for dry/ sensitive skin)
- Power 10 Formula VC Effector (Vitamin C, brightens skin tone)
- Power 10 Formula YE Effector (stimulates cell regrowth)
- Power 10 Formula CO Effector (collagen, firming)
- Power 10 Formula  Q10 Effector (Q10, brings radiance and firmness)
- Power 10 Formula  VB Effector ( Vitamin B6, oil control and balances water moisture)

I had so many customers ordering this product, so I bought one to try!
The whitening serum I've used are all thick in texture
But this one is transparent, light and absorbs fast
30mL for day and night will last you ~1-1.5 months

Ingredients include Arbutin, which is the main ingredient in whitening products.
It helps lightening dark spots and prevents melanin from forming.
It feels gentle and has sanitizing effects

Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin
Just a few drops will be enough for the whole face
Effects are just so so, I didn't see any WOW improvements

But for sure next time I wanna try the following!!

- Power 10 Formula WH Effector (whitening)
- Power 10 Formula WR Effector (fine lines and wrinkles)
- Power 10 Formula PO Effector (oil control, pore refining)
- Power 10 Formula VC Effector (Vitamin C, brightens skin tone)
- Power 10 Formula YE Effector (stimulates cell regrowth)
- Power 10 Formula  Q10 Effector (Q10, brings radiance and firmness)
- Power 10 Formula  VB Effector ( Vitamin B6, oil control and balances water moisture)


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