[REVIEW] 9wishes Rice 72% White Lucent Refining Toner

9wishes Rice 72% White Lucent Refining Toner Review

9wishes Rice 72% White Lucent Refining Toner Review:

I came upon this toner when I ran out of my last one. Since I was battling with post-acne scarring, I was specifically looking for brightening products and decided to test out this toner due to its brightening claims and my love for rice skin products.

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[REVIEW] The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Review

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Review:

Admittedly, I always tend to stray away from most hyped up things in fear of being disappointed and/or underwhelmed. Hence, the main reason why I’m only now offering up a review for one of The Ordinary’s various skincare products; this in particular being a destashed item from my friend as she found it to not work for her (allergic reactions, irritation, etc). Thinking that it’d be worth a try considering my penchant for anything targeting pigmentation issues (arbutin is a well-known skin brightening agent!), I decided to put it to the test. Would the YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) rule ring true?

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[REVIEW] Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist

Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist Review

Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moist Review:

It is said that in the past, Geisha used the leftover sake of their clients as a beauty product, to soften and brighten their skin tone.

The company that produces this lotion is the Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewing Co., Ltd., a very popular sake company in Japan founded in 1659. According to the company, sake has beneficial effects for the skin, giving the skin luster and preventing aging. This lotion, released in 2013 contains not only sake, but a pretty impressive list of ingredients.

After I found out about this product, I knew I had to have it.

Sake? On my skin? Let’s see how it went.

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[REVIEW] Innisfree Whitening Pore Synergy Serum

Innisfree Whitening Pore Synergy Serum Review

Innisfree Whitening Pore Synergy Serum Review:

After returning from a trip with my skin badly sunburnt, I was looking for a product that would help to even out my skin tone. Knowing that the Innisfree Whitening Pore Synergy Serum was developed to target concerns with dull and dark skin tone while treating pores and features mostly natural ingredients, I decided to give it a try.

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[REVIEW] Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Review

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Review:

I was searching for a first treatment essence to add in my routine and I stumbled upon this. I compared this to both SKII Treatment Essence and Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence and both are much more expensive for a newbie. So, I picked Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence thinking that if this is good for my routine, I can always upgrade.

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[REVIEW] Secret Key Multi Cell Night Repair Ampoule

Secret Key Multi Cell Night Repair Ampoule Review

Secret Key Multi Cell Night Repair Ampoule Review:

Well.. There was a time in my life when my skin got rough and dull. SO MUCH. There were no changes in the skincare products I used, neither my habits. The only change that happened that time was, the environment I lived. I used to live in a cool city, but then I had to move to a higher-temperature, beach-near city. Moreover, I had to work in the office, which caused my skin to contact to air conditioner nine hours a day.

So, I guess my skin got shocked. It got rough, and there were skin flakes on my cheek. Then I decided to look for a more-moisturizing skincare products immediately, or else my skin would be worse.

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[REVIEW] Shangpree Crystal BB Cream

Shangpree Crystal BB Cream Review

Shangpree Crystal BB Cream Review:

It is no wonder that the skincare and makeup industry is thriving. We gals (and probably even guys now) can just never get enough of them. We have stash of products lying around on the vanity top, but still on the search for others. And the brands ride on this consumerism, marketing their products with wonder claims.

So I could not help myself when I came across this Shangpree Crystal BB Cream while on my “web shopping” one day. Shangpree is the brand of a renowned luxurious spa in Korea which has been around for about 27 years. It offers its own line of skincare products and is especially known for its masks.

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[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] 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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