[REVIEW] The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Toner

[REVIEW] The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Toner

The Saem Urban Eco Harakeke Toner Review:

Even though I hadn’t read many good reviews about the Saem, I was still curious to try some of their products and so when I needed a new toner I decided to try this one out. My reasons for picking this toner aren’t that great – I wanted to try it because of “harakeke” which is a unique flax from New Zealand. It was the first time I’d seen a product with this particular plant, that and the green bottle looked so fresh, simple and well just appealing to me.

I’ll admit it’s not the best reason to try something out, but I suppose thinking the product looks good or has unique ingredients often attracts people to them, right? Or maybe it’s just me who falls for things like that?

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[REVIEW] Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Shower Gel

[REVIEW] Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Shower Gel

Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Shower Gel Review:

I bought this shower gel to use with the body milk of the same line, mostly because my skin is dry but also because I developed backne and I really needed a good, natural cleanser for my back. I was mostly convinced because tangerine is known to be a good antioxidant and has vitamin C that is also well known to fight acne. On top of that, the bellflower type that’s used in this gel is supposed to be the rarest out of them all, as it only grows on mount Olympus. I go to Olympus quite often and I’ve never seen it so I guess they’re not lying.

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[REVIEW] Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Wrinkle Up Spot

[REVIEW] Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Wrinkle Up Spot

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] Skinfood Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam

[REVIEW] Skinfood Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam

Skinfood Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam Review:

I was very much excited for September to come because it’s my birthday month, only to be left distressed. It had been an emotionally challenging month, to say the least. Unfortunately for me, all the stress, sleepless nights and binge eating have taken its toll and it shows all over my face. I had a massive breakout (yay for the breakout of the year) and it’s starting to sadden me. Instinctively, I went on to a skincare diet. I discontinued using acids and putting new stuff on my face to avoid (acne) triggers and just let my skin breathe.

I focused on hydration/moisturization to help my skin heal but even with outmost effort to battle acne, it seems that I am losing. Another day, another acne; that’s how it’s been for weeks and I was starting to get overly sad about it. I looked for a potent ingredient that fights acne and tee tree caught my attention.

Since my skin reacted well with Naruko mask (green) when I last broke out, I considered getting my hands on anything tea tree. And since I am almost done with my Cosrx Low pH cleanser (I’m not entirely impressed, plus I hate the smell), I thought I should replace it with another tea tree cleanser and that’s how I ended buying Skinfood Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam!

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[REVIEW] Innisfree Soybean Energy Neck Cream

[REVIEW] Innisfree Soybean Energy Neck Cream

Innisfree Soybean Energy Neck Cream Review:

We constantly strive to care for our face because this is what people notice at first sight. But we overlook its nearest neighbor, the neck. Other than the crow feet and wrinkles on the face, another tell-tale sign of one’s age is neck. The skin on the neck will also lose its elasticity over time and that is when vertical ridges (more pronounced when you speak) or horizontal neck lines make their appearances. And in today’s world of smart gadgets, where we often lower our heads gazing at our phones and tablets, wrinkled necks seem inescapable.

Skin on the face and neck differ, in that the latter has less hair follicles and oil glands. It is also less likely to be sensitive as compared to the face. Most of the time, people do not splurge on neck creams separately. They either overlook the application of skincare products on their neck, or they use the same face cream on it. I am one of these “most people”. I do not really give neck care much thoughts despite being aware that it does need attention too. So when I chanced upon the Innisfree Soybean Energy Neck Cream, which I feel is at a very affordable price for such a big jar, I decided to make a purchase to ease the guilt.

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[REVIEW] LABIOTTE Code Derm Capsule Cleansing Water | Gentle

[REVIEW] LABIOTTE Code Derm Capsule Cleansing Water | Gentle

LABIOTTE Code Derm Capsule Cleansing Water Gentle Review:

Labiotte is a trend-setting popular brand in Korea. It’s the same brand that made everyone try the chateaux wine lip tints. It’s also the same brand that had the fine idea of making bear shaped sponges for their cushion and sharp-edged bottles.

This time they are back, of course with more extravagant packaging. I personally hardly ever treat myself to Labiotte products because I feel that a lot of thought (and a percentage of their budget) goes into the appearance of their products so they spend less on the formula of their products.

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[REVIEW] Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

[REVIEW] Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner Review:

One of the skincare steps that I feel has made a lot of difference for my dry skin is definitely the hydrating toner step. And I love using Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner for that purpose.

But of course being a skincare junkie, I couldn’t help but felt intrigued to try out Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner after looking at the short and clean ingredients list (only 8 ingredients!), reading positive reviews all over Instagram, and even the skincare guru Gothamista raved highly about it. And with that gorgeous packaging that is such an eye candy just made me weak in the knee, I simply could not resist getting the toner!

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[REVIEW] Natura Siberica by Alena Akhmadullina Face mask Energy and Nourishing

[REVIEW] Natura Siberica by Alena Akhmadullina Face mask Energy and Nourishing

Natura Siberica by Alena Akhmadullina Face mask Energy and Nourishing Review:

When I went to Russia this summer the thing I was most interested in was this collection. For two reasons. One is that it was made in collaboration with Russian personality Alena Akhmadullina and, like her or not, you can’t deny she is really pretty! The other one is because its main ingredient is Nanai Berries, a very characteristic berry that is found in Russia and Northern China. So, as Russian as this company is, it is still tremendously Asian, and from the previous products I tried they are a good balance between European and Asian skin care.

I did buy more products, but the one I tried first was the scrub mask. The reason for that is (one) I have way too much open skin care on other categories and (two) I need a scrubbing product for my product that actually works stronger than on my face and lighter than a body scrub. (But of course I tested it on my face too)

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[REVIEW] The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

[REVIEW] The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Review:

The Ordinary brand has made a huge wave in the skincare industry for its super affordable products, and every skincare addict would own at least one The Ordinary item. I wanted to jump on The Ordinary bandwagon as well (don’t want to miss out on the hype, now do we?), but I was overwhelmed with all of the products! I didn’t even know where to start looking. I did not want to go with the cult favourite just because of the rave.

I wanted to get something that I really need in my routine. So I started evaluating my skin concerns and it seems like I already have the products to address those issues, except for a spot treatment that I have yet to find one that actually works. I don’t exactly have acne problem but of course I do get occassional clogged pores and hormonal breakouts when it is the time of the month. Therefore I decided to jump on The Ordinary bandwagon starting with the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, which also happens to be my first ever BHA product.

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