[REVIEW] Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Skin

Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Skin Review

Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Skin Review:

Skin, toner, softener….I take them to mean essentially the same thing. “Skin” is commonly used in Korea, “Toner” in the western hemisphere and “Softener” a term coined in Japan.

I am a big fan of toners because it preps my skin by getting it all soft and ready for the serums (the important stuff!) in my skincare regimen. In this drying winter weather especially, my face starts losing moisture rapidly after I finish my cleansing. Problem is I like to faff around once I come out of the bathroom e.g. respond to Whatsapp messages, surf Facebook, check out that cute puppy post on Instagram. So a toner is essential in order to inject the much needed moisture into my skin again before applying my serum.

Innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Skin is from their anti-aging range and aims to target the symptoms of aging. It claims to contain 9 active ingredients which combats the 9 signs of aging. One thing which irks me is they only list 7 so-called signs of aging….I have counted these signs listed in the second claim below and I am definitely not getting 9!

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[REVIEW] Bio-Essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Moisturizing Gel

Bio-Essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Moisturizing Gel Review

Bio-Essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Moisturizing Gel Review:

So, I first came across this brand on the Cult Beauty UK website. Turns out this is a Singaporean brand so it had me very intrigued as most Asian beauty products that make it to this side of the world are usually from Korea or Japan with the odd one or two from Taiwan. So when I went back to Malaysia for a holiday, I thought I should support my fellow neighboring country and hopped over to the local drugstore to try out their skincare.

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[REVIEW] Kailijumei Bright Surplus Flower Jelly Lipstick

Kailijumei Bright Surplus Flower Jelly Lipstick Review

Kailijumei Bright Surplus Flower Jelly Lipstick Review:

I do not normally wear makeup because I have such huge pores that I feel like any foundation I apply will clog them up and in the long run, this cannot be good for my skin. So, the only two makeup items that I allow myself are lipsticks and blushers. My Achilles heel has to be lipsticks and lipbalms. I gift them to myself on all special occasions: new job present, Monday present, birthday present, Tuesday present, break-up-with boyfriend present, Wednesday present, Xmas present, Thursday present…you get the idea. Its like an incurable disease I have – this urge to purchase lipsticks.

One morning, I was reading a magazine article on lipsticks and it mentioned this brand called Kailijumei. It said that this pH-adjusting lipstick made by a Chinese company that had dried flowers and gold flecks in it was apparently the hype among beauty bloggers. Flowers? Gold flecks? pH-adjusting? These were all unusual sounding references for a lipstick so I immediately bought one for myself to try.

Since I last bought this lipstick, Kailijumei have expanded into lip glosses. Their original website is rather simplistic with no information about the company. You just select the product you want and checkout. I guess there is nothing much to say when you’re essentially selling the same product with the only variation being the colour of the embedded dried flower. However, head on to their UK website if you want more detail.

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[REVIEW] Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence EX

Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence EX Review

Innisfree Soybean Energy Essence EX Review:

I have always been in love with Innisfree. My first foray into the world of Korean skincare products started with Innisfree mainly because I was intrigued with the ingredients they incorporated into their skincare: orchid, green tea, volcanic clusters, seawater, soybean, rice, broccoli, olives…you get the idea. Prior to this, I was a Dermalogica super fan and so a skincare range using natural and everyday “in-my-larder” ingredients was very alien to me.

As Innisfree is definitely cheaper than Dermalogica, I decided to give my wallet a break and opted for this (at that time) very strange concept of “essence” which apparently I was supposed to incorporate into a recommended gazillion step skincare routine.

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[REVIEW] Dr.Wu Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18%

Dr.Wu Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18% Review

Dr.Wu Renewal Serum With Mandelic Acid 18% Review:

About a month before purchasing this serum, my friend and I were discussing how our complexion had greatly improved with the incorporation of acids into our daily skincare routine. She then mentioned how she briefly came across the term ‘mandelic acid’ but did not bother doing much research into it.

Being a naturally nosy person, I thought I should maybe educate myself on this new acid lest I miss out on a star ingredient that could give me flawless skin….wishful thinking but hey, what is life without hope amirite?

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[REVIEW] TIAM My Signature C Source

Tiam My Signature C Source Review

Tiam My Signature C Source Review:

I have, for nearly 2 years now, been incorporating a vitamin C serum in both my daily and nightly skincare routine. However, the serum(s) that I used only contained a 5% maximum concentration of vitamin C and it was quite expensive for a small amount. I did more research in the blogosphere and finally decided to give this much talked about serum a shot. This baby here contains a 20% concentration of vitamin C and was much cheaper! You don’t have to tell me twice. On the day it arrived, I started using it and have been very happy with the results.

This product used to be known as the O.S.T. C20 serum and Tiam (the company that produces the serum) is part of the Cosrx family. Now, I have a lot of faith in the entire Cosrx products line and so unsurprisingly, this blind faith extended to Tiam as well. I was not disappointed. This faint citrus scented serum has become my favourite part of my skincare routine, not only because I love the smell of oranges but mainly because it has actually helped lighten some of the scarring I had from blemishes around my chin area (the result of being a woman and suffering through hormonal blemishes during that time of the month).

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[REVIEW] Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Wrinkle Up Spot

Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Wrinkle Up Spot Review

Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Wrinkle Up Spot Review:

When I was in Seoul during the summer, I must have spent all my life savings in Myeongdong on K-beauty products (kidding….or am I?). I decided to venture outside my comfort zone and try some brands that I normally would not have even thought of purchasing. Nature Republic was one of those brands, mainly because they were everywhere and also because the salesperson was handing out sample sheet masks outside the store….I am a major sucker for freebies. I decided to venture outside my comfort zone and try some brands that I normally would not have even thought of purchasing.

One of their bestsellers was the Ginseng Royal Silk range. I bought a few products from that range but the one I started using first was the Wrinkle Up Spot. The saleslady told me that this product was good for removing wrinkles especially under the eyes and smile lines around the mouth. The main ingredient in this product is gold (99%) which promotes blood circulation and has a brightening effect. Perfect for dark circles! This product also contains ginseng for revitalization of the skin, silk compounds for cell regeneration and royal jelly which again, has brightening properties as well as helps to keep the skin firm and supple. “Sold!” – I thought to myself. Give me a tube of that golden ginseng goodness!

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[REVIEW] Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb Review

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb Review:

This was a cream I have been wanting to try for ages as I have read a lot of flattering reviews of Belif and my friend has been swearing up and down that Belif is the reason for her blemish-free complexion. This cream is more of a lightweight gel moisturiser and great for those with oily / combination skin.

Belif claims to have re-created a formula whereby this cream acts like an explosion of a water bomb to relieve the skin from modern age daily pollutants. As it is of a gel consistency, it dries relatively quickly on the skin – good for those mornings when you are in a rush to get out of the house and need to apply your makeup at breakneck speed.

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[REVIEW] Leejiham LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule

Leejiham LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule Review

Leejiham LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule Review:

This teeny bottle of golden nectar has fast become a must-have in my daily routine. It contains 50% propolis extract to help achieve the “dewy glow”. If you watch as many K-dramas as I do, you will know the look I am referring to *cough* Jun Ji Hyun. It also contains multi vitamins (B3, B5, C), Centella Asiatica, Sea Buckthorn and Witch Hazel extract to help calm irritation / redness, minimise the appearance of pores and delay anti-aging. This little bottle just keeps on giving!

I was surprised to discover that LJH actually operates a chain of professional dermatology clinics in Korea (suddenly their “Beauty is Clever” tagline makes more sense) and the Vita Propolis range is one of the 6 product ranges of cosmeceuticals on their website.

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