Quick Rev: Cosrx Batural BHA Skin Returning A-sol

Hi it’s me again 😆

I’ve been researching about this brand called Cosrx another Korean based brand that makes effective skin care and I came across this (already popular but new to me) product called Natural BHA Skin Returning A-sol and as I read about it, it turns out that it’s a toner that helps;

  1. heal acne and acne scars,
  2. prevents new formation of acne,
  3. increases skin turnover.

I bought this because I feel bad for my sister since we have been trying to solve her skin problem for so long now. I had the same problem as her, but hers won’t go away so I thought I’d get this product and see if it helps the both of us. I showed Aaron a picture of her cheek and he suggested we take her to the hospital because the derma isn’t helping. I didn’t want to freak out my sister more than she already is. So..
We used other korean skin care products and they did help our skin a lot but her acne are too stubborn.

Reusing this picture from my old blog.

Our experiences with this:

My sister’s experience:

  • Non-irritating on the skin
  • Did not feel any burning sensation or itching
  • Her skin started purging after one usage and it kept purging
  • Whiteheads started flaking off after two days of using it. It was funny we were laughing so much
  • Helped remove those pustule acne
  • Smells like rubbing alcohol but disipates right away
  • When it’s dry it feels like there’s a thin plastic film on her skin 😵

My experience:

  • Non-irritating on the skin
  • Did not feel any burning sensation on my pimples
  • It did made them itch though but stopped after several minutes
  • Did not make the rest of my face purge (as of now) except for my nose
  • After first usage whiteheads starts flaking off after the product dried. I thought it was dead skin it was funny
  • Helped my cystic pimple come out and heal after 2 times of usage
  • Smells like rubbing alcohol but dissipates right away
  • Helped the acne scars too

Usage:

This is how we used it. After cleansing, we pump (once for me, twice for her) on our palm and use our fingers to gently spread (Not rubbing) on troubled areas or around the face, then pat it until it’s absorbed and then we wait for 20 minutes before applying another product.

Waiting for it to be fully absorbed is amusing for me. I would see whiteheads coming out and shedding. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I like looking at that.

After using this twice it healed the cluster of pimples I had and after two or three days of using it my cheeks are almost clear. Aaron was wondering what I did with my face lol 🙂 hi 💙

Also reusing this photo from my old blog.

Since it helps remove impurities deep in the skin I think I will continue to use this for a year and see if my skin becomes clean from impurities after several skin turnovers.

I gotta be honest, mom got mad at me when my sister’s skin started purging she thought her skin was reacting bad to the product, because it kept purging and purging and purging for 8 days.

BHA helps skin turnover and skin turnover happens in one month so you have to wait for a month to see results specially if you have bad case of acne that’s stuck deep in your skin. My sister on the other hand was getting frustrated because of the purging that has been happening. There’re a lot that came out, I think the accumulated dead skin cells and excess sebum plus pollution from the city was so deep in her skin that’s why her acne keeps recurring. I’ll give an update when her skin clears up (because it’s all red acne marks now).

For references:

My sister’s skin is oily, acne-prone, and very sensitive, has bad acne problems.

My skin is combination type, oily t-zone and the sides of the nose and eyelids, enlarged pores, acne-prone, cystic acne problems.

Any thoughts? Tips with application? Share it!

Oh and do you guys wanna see my face? 😁 Might as well if I’m gonna do a before and after of my cosmetics and skin care lol!

pam

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Skinfood Peach Sake Toner and Emulsion

Hey hey! How have you guys been? ^_^

Peaches! They smell nice and a good source of vitamins that helps promote healthy skin. Juicy and yummy peaches. This is one of the main ingredients of Skinfood, a brand based in Korea that specializes in skin food 😉😉 and skin care cosmetics, Peach Sake Line that I want to share with you.

They come in a frosted glass bottle in a shape of a sake bottle! and a cardboard and plastic cap. There’s a plastic stopper to keep the product fresh, avoid spills and help lessen contamination.

Product claims:

  • Minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Minimizes shine

Ingredients include:

Peach extract, Sake

Texture:

  • Toner – Clear water. It looks like water.
  • Emulsion – Like watered down cream.

Smell:

It smells like peaches and a faint smell of sake.

Our experience with the product:

My sister’s experience

  • Brightened her skin.
  • Softened her skin.
  • Moisturized her skin well.
  • Her skin did not oil up after using these, but she likes the emulsion better.
  • Did not feel drying even when it’s cold.
  • Did not irritate her skin.
  • Reduced pimple formation when using both products.
  • Great oil control 👍
  • Smells like peaches!

My experience

  • Brightened my skin better than the A’pieu.
  • Helped dry out my pimples but did not prevent breakouts.
  • Moisturized my skin well but a little drying.
  • Didn’t irritate my skin.
  • Reduced the redness of my huge pimples and acne scars.
  • Refreshing peach smell.
  • Softened my skin.
  • It cooled my skin.
  • It did help minimize my enlarged pores specially on the cheek area.

The toner dries out matte, the emulsion dries out velvety and it feels like you didn’t put anything on your skin but it’s moisturized.
Usage:

After cleansing, remove the plastic stopper and dispense a small amount on the palm, rub your palms together then lightly press them on your face and neck. Don’t forget to replace the plastic stopper!

I kinda stopped using this for a couple of weeks along with the emulsion since we travelled to the province and it’s really cold there and I left the bottle, but we used this (a month before travelling) in the morning and did not irritate or darkened our skin even though it has alcohol in the ingredients (probably because it’s sake). And it’s good to use too in humid countries.
For reference:

My sister’s skin is oily, acne-prone, and very sensitive, has bad acne problems.

My skin is combination type, oily t-zone and the sides of the nose and eyelids, enlarged pores, acne-prone, cystic acne problems.

Have you tried this? Any thoughts? Tips and tricks on application? Share it!

pam

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Dark Knight Cream

Hi there! Today I want to share about the first eye cream that I’ve ever tried. 😊

Dark Knight Cream is a multi action product that lightens and brightens the skin around the eyes and helps prevent fine lines. I love this product since I can use it for different parts of my face and it doesn’t feel greasy.

It comes in a black durable plastic tube with a screw on cap. At first, I really didn’t see the end part of the tube so I thought it was a stick cream type haha! I felt so stupid when I recieved it.

Product claims:

Dual-action cream helps refine wrinkles and improve skin elasticity with Dragon’s blood.


Smell:
It has this very faint ointment smell. You won’t even notice it.

Texture:

Creamy but it easily spreads.

Ingredients:
Amazonian tree extract, Adenosine, Niacinamide.

My experiences with this:

  • It did not give me any irritations.
  • It lessened the puffiness around my eyes.
  • It brightened the skin around my eyes.
  • It isn’t oily which is good.
  • Fully dries after several minutes. No residues left.
  • At first use, it immediately lessened the appearance of crows feet and had a brightening effect 👍
  • With continuous use, the puffiness had lessened permanently 👍
  • It helped a little with the discoloration. Personally, I’m okay with this but for those of you who wants no discoloration at all you might need to conceal.
  • It hydrated the skin around my eyes 👍
  • With continuous use I noticed that the crows feet around my eyes are noticeably reduced 👍
  • When I use this on my smile contours, it took a week before the lines had diminished.
  • The brightening effect is great!
  • The skin around my eyes are so smoother now 😁
  • I used this on my entire face too and I woke up with brighter, softer skin! But my face was covered with a think film of oil.

Usage:

The directions on the package said that you use it in the morning and evening, but I only use it at night. I use this around the eyes and around the mouth. At the last step of my skin care routine I take a teeny tiny amount on my finger and gently spread it around the eye and gently dab it until it’s almost dried then I just wait for it to be absorbed.

I so love this product! I’ve been using this for weeks now and the 15mL is still a long way to go.

For reference:

My skin is combination type, oily t-zone and the sides of the nose and eyelids, enlarged pores, acne-prone, cystic acne problems.

Any thoughts about this? Recommendations for an inexpensive eye cream? Share!

pam

 

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Guerisson 9 Complex Cream

Hey there! I wanna share about this product that I bought (on sale of course 😂), it came in a set with Cloud 9 Blanc De Whitening Cream.

Guerisson is another Korean product, that specializes with skin care products that help even out the skin tone, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and pretty much make magic on your skin issues.

Product claims:
Hydrating, wrinkle-reducing, and brightening effects on skin. Enriched with Horse Oil imported from Germany, it speeds up cell metabolism and holds in moisture longer.

Ingredients:
Horse oil! 🐎 Is the main ingredient of this cream.

Smell:
At first it had a strong floral smell then mellowed to a mild citrus smell then disappeared after several minutes.

Texture:
Buttery. Like when you touch butter and it melts on your hand kind of feel.

Our experiences with this:

My sister’s perspective:

  • Lightweight
  • It feels like butter (kept touching her face)
  • The smell is fine (she hates strong odors)
  • It did not irritate her skin
  • Did not make her itchy
  • Did not break her out
  • Helped lighten the redness of acne marks

My perspective:

  • Oily at first then after 30 minutes or so it dries down to a demi matte finish
  • Lightweight
  • The smell is a little too strong for me for the first few minutes
  • It dulled the red angry redness of my cystic pimple
  • Brightened up my skin, it made it look more even
  • It hydrated my skin well
  • Did not made my skin itchy
  • Did not cause breakouts
  • In the morning after waking up my face isn’t oily, but when my nose is oily, this is when I know that I’ve used too much.

I used the 3mL sample packet first and it lasted me for 9 days 👍

Usage:

We use this as the last step of our very short night skin care routine, massaging small amounts on the face and neck in circular motions, letting it be absorbed and lightly tapping on the contours of the face.

For references:

My sister’s skin is oily, acne-prone, and very sensitive, has bad acne problems.

My skin is combination type, oily t-zone and the sides of the nose and eyelids, enlarged pores, acne-prone, cystic acne problems.
Any thoughts? Share it!

pam

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Fascy Tina S. Sunglass Daily Sunblock

Hi everyone! Ready for the summer heat?

Me? Nah, I live in the Philippines and everyday here is summer lol! But when summer season actually arrives, man the heat is killing! Literally. Better stay hydrated!

Summer is coming and we need a good skin protection from the harmful sun rays. It’s gonna be hot hot hot and it’s good to keep a waterproof, sweatproof sunblock in hand. There are so many kinds out there, but my favorite one is the spray on ’cause it’s just easy to use, but more expensive.

I came across this product called Fascy Tina. S Sunglass Daily Sunblock SPF50PA+++ and I thought maybe I can try this. (I just realized, almost all the products I have been using have such long names.)

Product claims:

A powerful nourishing facial sunscreen
Features a lightweight, waterproof & refreshing formula
Provides anti-wrinkle, whitening & nourishing benefits
Shields skin against harmful UV rays with SPF50+ PA+++
Leaves skin soft, radiant, even-toned & healthy looking
Perfect for all skin types

Packaging:

It comes in a sturdy white plastic tube with a rose gold screw cap. So fancy. The box is also fancy, the inner parts has fascy written all over it.

Smell:

Smells like sunblock, but when it dries it smells like Laneige BB Cushion, like water.

Texture:

Light but creamy. When I spread it on my skin it has this feel like I’m using my Cloud9 Blanc de Whitening. Like whipped icing. It’s a cream type not lotion type.

My experiences with this:

  • Did not give me any irritations.
  • Lightweight.
  • Not sticky at all even after sweating.
  • It’s easy to spread and apply on the skin. It doesn’t clump up or leave an oily residue.
  • It gave me an instant brightening and evened out my skin tone. 👍
  • When my face started sweating it did not clump or pooled on the contours, pores or fine lines of my skin.
  • It did not oil up my skin.
  • It mattified my face even after sweating. 👍
  • It gave the impression that I’m using a BB cream.
  • I’ll go ahead and say great oil control! 👍
  • It cools down my skin 👍 this is a big plus for me because other sunblocks makes my skin feel hot.
  • Surprisingly it did a nice job blurring my pores.
  • Another surprise is that it kind of helped hiding my dark circles.
  • It dries up fast.
  • My face felt a little tight and a tad bit dry. Like I can see fine lines when I smile and I feel the pull.
  • Waterproof! Really.
  • After removing this my skin was brighter.
  • It did not clog my pores.
  • Even though it acts as a color corrector, my face looked pale so I think I can’t use this on its own I have to layer a BB cream to fix that.

Application:

I use this after my morning skin care. I take an ample amount, one application on my forehead, another for the left side of my face, and another for the right side, and then another for my neck. I spread it and give a little massage like what I do with my night cream and after that it’s already dry.

As suggested, apply sunblock 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapplication after 20 minutes. When prolonged sun exposure (a total of 2 hours) reapply again and repeat. This is to ensure that the skin is properly protected.

Removing:

It’s hard to remove this one when I don’t sweat so I remove this using my HHN Oil Cleanser first and then I wash my face.

Note: Makeup remover wipes doesn’t remove this at all.

SPF50 means your skin is 50 times more protected before you start to fry hahaha! For example if your skin starts getting skin burnt after 5 minutes of sun exposure that means using an SPF50 gives it 50 times more minutes of protection before getting burnt. But that doesn’t mean you have to neglect the 2 hour accumulated time reapplication when your out and about. Better safe than sorry right?

I didn’t like the sunblock plastic smell at first, but like I said when it’s dried it smells like mineral water and I really enjoy that refreshing scent. The packaging also makes it easy for travelling.

For reference:

My skin is combination type, oily t-zone and the sides of the nose and eyelids, enlarged pores, acne-prone, cystic acne problems.
Have you tried using this product? Any thoughts about it? Tips and tricks of application? Share it!

-pam

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What’s in my bag?

Hey there! I’m reblogging this post from my former blog 🙂 enjoy!

I’ll do a “What’s in my bag” post today. Are you one of the ladies or gentlemen who carry a big cosmetic/vanity bag where ever you go? Or you’re one of those who only carry items for touch ups? Or probably packing only the “essentials”, or maybe you don’t pack at all?

In my case I’m not too comfortable wearing full face makeup if there is no event or gathering that requires it. I firmly believe that I don’t have to put makeup and all the shebang when I go to my classes, but a different story when I hangout with friends or just with my bag (yes I hang out with my bag because I’m an Introvert 🙁). So I’ll say I’m one of those who carries minimal stuff. But lip balm is out of the list since it’s always in my pocket.

So.. what’s in this thing? It actually depends on the weather.

If it’s hot outside:

Human Heart Nature Face Wash – it makes my skin feel refreshed and cleanses it well. (Review soon)

Human Heart Nature Day Moisturizer – this stuff is absorbed by my skin so fast and smells great! 

Or Apieu Essential Source Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Skin – it also dries fast and refreshing. 

Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion – when I’m sweating too much and I just want to wash everything away and start fresh. This is one awesome product. 

Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder (decanted) – has a nice natural glow that doubles as an oil control and setting powder. Perfect for a hot day. 

Fascy Tina Sunglass Sunblock – Of course I can’t forget my favorite sunblock right now. More oil control power and mattifies my skin. 

Innisfree Lip Tapping Concealer – Since I got this I’ve almost always use it. It helps blur out my discoloration.

Two lipstick shades usually pink and nude. I would go for my L’oreal or A’pieu.
That’s about it. I don’t bring the makeup remover wipes since my facial wash washes away everything.

 

If it’s cold:

Human Heart Nature Face Wash – I really like this face wash when I’m on the go.

Scinic AIO Ampoule (decanted)- really good with moisturizing. 

The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion – it helps maintain the moisture in my skin, great oil control, and lessen the irritation of my skin due to dust particles. 

Fascy Tina Sunglass Sunblock – of course the sun protection that the skin needs.

Innisfree Lip Tapping Concealer – for when I brought a light shade of lipstick.

One or two shades of lipsticks either L’oreal (Review here) or Colourpop.

That’s about it 🙂

I didn’t list any eye or cheek makeup did I? I don’t use much eye makeup when I go to my classes, my eyelids have their own shade so I go with that and the rosacea on my cheeks doubles up as a natural blush hahaha!

What’s in your bag? Any thoughts? Share it!

pam

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Iope Ultimate Hydro Cream

Hi there 😊 as you know, I will be uploading new content and re-uploading contents from my old blog called Afternoon Caffeine. 

I want to start with this product since it’s already summer here in the Philippines. 

Are you looking for a great hydrating cream that actually works? Read on!

Hydration is an important part of the body, and the skin specially when you like wearing makeup. There are times that it’s too hot or humid or too cold and your skin just needs an extra help, that’s where hydrating creams come in. Iope, a cosmetics and skin care brand based in Korea, produces this cream called Ultimate Hydro Cream, using Bioscience technology which means they mostly use plant extracts and properties that aids with skin troubles.

It comes in a frosted glass tub and a plastic screw cap, doubled with another lid inside to lessen chances of the cream from drying out and spilage since the consistency is a little runny.
Smell:

Faintly of citrus.

Texture:

Gel like texture. It’s like a mashed jell-o.

My experiences with this:

  • It did not give me any irritations at all.
  • It spreads so easily.
  • It’s not sticky at all.
  • It absorbs completely around a few minutes.
  • When spreading, it feels velvety.
  • It made my skin feel so soft like it was really hydrated 👍
  • It did not feel like only the top of my skin was hydrated 👍
  • It did not make my skin feel warm 👍 usually creams make my skin feel warm.
  • It made my skin feel smooth to the touch.
  • I use this on my neck area specially the part where the throat starts, the skin there tightened and felt really moisturised that when I turn my head sideways my skin doesn’t feel uncomfortable 👍
  • It sucks that it’s only 14 grams 🙁 well at least that’s what I got.
  • After sweating, there was no sticky or oily feel 👍 
  • No stinky, pungy smell 👍
  • No plumping effect. I actually like that.

I have really dehydrated skin from too much coffee drinking 😭 and the weather.

Application:

I take a small dollop on my finger and spread it on my skin. Giving it a soft, gentle massage until it’s absorbed. 

I use it on my neck in the morning and evening. And on my face in the mornings.

This is actually a great product it’s a really good hydrating cream and I think it’ll be part of my skin care regiment. Sorry dad, this was supposed to be for you, but.. haha! I’ll get you a replacement 😂

For reference:

My skin is combination type, oily t-zone and the sides of the nose and eyelids, enlarged pores, acne-prone, cystic acne problems, sensitive – specially during hot weather and transitional seasons.

Have you tried using this? Any thoughts? Share it!

pam


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