I am an Canadian based Korea beauty blogger of Chinese descent with a international based audience. Majority of my readers are from USA and I focus my time and energy in creating content to introduce new, quirky and unique products from South Korea.
If you guys remember me raving seven million times about the Amorepacific rejuvenating eye treatment, you’ll know how fond I am of that eye cream. I was never an eye cream person and hat eye cream made me into a believer. So now my new mission was to see if the face cream would do the same thing and plump up all my little fine lines and wrinkles. I got my hands on it thanks to Amorepacific US and am now ready to do my full review on this very expensive, green tea infused face cream ;). Let’s go!
Full name of product: Amorepacific moisture bound rejuvenating creme
Limited edition/ Permanent?: Permanent
Description of product: “Lack of moisture and free-radical damage are the first healthy skin functions to deteriorate as we begin to age. Skin becomes dryer, often appears dull, and shows dehydration lines. MOISTURE BOUND delays skin aging by maintaining the healthy, youthful functions of the skin for a radiant complexion for years to come.
–5-Hydra Complex works to address the two major causes of premature aging – dehydration and free radical damage.
-Bamboo Sap dramatically improves treatment product absorption for instant and long-term hydration and skin defense.
-Stimulates skin’s own ability to produce antioxidants
-24 hour time-release”
PHYLLOSTACHIS BAMBUSOIDES JUICE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, WATER, ALCOHOL, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, DIMETHICONE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, SQUALANE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, OPUNTIA COCCINELLIFERA FRUIT EXTRACT, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA FLOWER EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED PHYLLOSTACHIS BAMBUSOIDES, HYDROLYZED CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF, SODIUM HYALURONATE, BETA-GLUCAN, HYDROXYPROPYL BISPALMITAMIDE MEA, THEANINE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS FLOWER EXTRACT, KAEMPFEROL, EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE, XYLITYLGLUCOSIDE, ANHYDROXYLITOL, XYLITOL, STEARYL BEHENATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CETEARYL OLIVATE, STEARIC ACID, SORBITAN OLIVATE, DIMETHICONOL, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, PROPANEDIOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, POLYACRYLATE-13, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, POLYISOBUTENE, TOCOPHEROL, POLYSORBATE 20, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PEG-15 PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA(LAURETH-6 CARBOXYLATE), PHYTANTRIOL, POLOXAMER 407, INULIN LAURYL CARBAMATE, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, CAFFEINE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE How to use: Since this product doesn’t have SPF, you can use this day or night. After you have used your desired serums/ ampoules/ essences needed, massage enough on your face and neck until absorbed.
Product packaging: Packaging for all of Amorepacific is quite consistent, with its sleek frosted grey exterior and a silver teardrop accent on the lid. Screwing off the lid reveals a plastic lid to keep everything airtight. One thing that surprised me is that there isn’t a spatula that comes with this cream. It might have came with one and I forgot but I’m very sure it didn’t come with one.
Texture/ Finish: When I first got this cream, I was quite surprised that it wasn’t the same gel texture as the eye cream. But for me, thicker creams work better so I really didn’t mind. This cream is more of a cross over between a gel and a cream, not too thick but not too thin. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t find it moisturizing enough by itself or layered. But my mother, who prefers thinner, less greasy creams really loves this cream. She likes that it isn’t heavy on the skin, absorbs easily and doesn’t produce those weird bumps when she uses products that are too oily. Heck.. she already stole it from my vanity. That’s how much she loves this stuff. She has also stated that she noticed her pores were slightly more tightened and her complexion overall was more healthy looking and slightly brightened. This is coming from a lady in her 60’s that is super picky about her skincare and goes for facials twice a month. Every time she sees anything Amorepacific, she steals it from me and stating “oh its anti-aging. You don’t need it.” At this point, I have to lock up my products HAHA.
For me if I do want this product to work, I can only use it during the spring and summer since it isn’t moisturizing enough for me. But I can definitely see this cream working for those with normal or combination skin type.
pH level: This product has a pH level of 5, meaning it has a pH level closest to human skin and most likely won’t irritate the skin.
Fragrance?: There is a slight floral fragrance but it isn’t anything strong. Smell-o-scale= 6/10 in terms of how strong the scent is. I kind of wish it had the same natural tea smell as their wash off mask, but it is just that rich lady floral scent. At least it is the floral scent I can actually bare.
Pro: -absorbs into the skin easily
-effective (at least for my mother)
Con: -not moisturizing enough for my needs as a late 20’s girl
Repurchase?: Mama hello: Yes
Stars given out of 5: Mama hello: Me:
For me, this $150 face cream was slightly a disappointment since I was hoping it would have the same amazing plumping effect as their rejuvenating eye cream in the same line. It wasn’t moisturizing enough for my needs but it was perfect for my mother who is in her 60’s. I think I got her hooked onto Amorepacific products hehe. Overall I think this cream wasn’t built for me but more for my mother and I’d recommend it if you either like non-greasy, lightweight moisturizers and need a kick in the anti-aging department.Product gifted by Amorepacific.
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So I joined Patreon today and this is my heads up on why I decided to do so. I had a really funny phone call last night from my buddy Young where he was kind of drunk, slightly yelling through the phone and wondering why I don’t have a Patreon. I was honestly a little bit put off about the idea of asking my readers to give me money. Me personally, growing up, I’ve never asked for money even from my parents. I always believed in working hard myself and never bothering anyone for anything. But it has come to a point where I want to humbly ask my loyal readers, my fam jam… if you guys have the ability/want to support my content, Patreon is now up and running for little old me.
I really want to make this a career and I really want to be able to bring you guys tons of content daily, not just K beauty but also a food blog, Youtube videos on both K-beauty and cooking but I can’t do that and not have financial support unfortunately. No you won’t be funding a yacht or my vacation home in the middle of Europe. You guys would be able to give me the freedom to create endless content, new equipment to better the blog/ Youtube channels. If you can’t support me, don’t worry. You can always just use my affiliate links when purchasing products (links are always in my blog reviews!). Heck, even you just reading my content helps. I appreciate all of you guys and thank you for sticking by me all these years and trusting my opinions.
The only time I put on make up on my vacation :P. I’m quite proud of myself since it was the first time I legit packed “light” in terms of make up and sanitary products. I talk a hell of a lot in
this video, so get some tea and biscuits. Hope you enjoy the video! If you want to see a list of what products I brought with me/ used in the video, click “read more”~
Rimmel scandaleyes kohl liner in brown has been a long time favourite but I think I’m going to have to let this one go after I’m done with it. It is definitely a love hate relationship since it would always smudge throughout the day and then I look like a raccoon. Unfortunately, no one would tell me and I would look in the mirror at the end of the day…. horrified. I personally only buy the dark brown one.
A staple in my make up routine is the Etude House drawing eyebrow in grey brown. It’s super affordable (retailing around $3) and gets the job done. The twist up pencil is on the chubby side, so if you guys are looking for precision, it might not be for you. Its good for filling in your brows but if you need to do detailed work, maybe check out their other pencils since I know there are different versions of this pencil.
This was the only eyeshadows that I brought with me, so you know its kind of a big deal when I got a huge collection and ended up with just this. This is the Holika Holika x Gudetama cupcake eyeshadow palette in red velvet which I actually have a review on. It is one (if not the only) few eyeshadows I actually give it a seal of my approval for holy grailness. Its super pigmented, sooo buttery and just amazing. There is a good mix of mattes, shimmer and a beautiful glitter shade.
Shu Uemura lash curleris no kept secret from the beauty world. It is the most raved lash curler and at first, I wasn’t really impressed. The shape of this curler is a little too curved for my eyes and I always have to wiggle my lashes into it. But I definitely have to say the built, the angle and the amount of pressure on the lashes is just the right amount. It effective, quick and makes the nicest curl.
W lab honey beam cushionwas the only base make up I brought and I definitely gambled on it. My favourite was the saem aqua glow cushion, but I ran out of that so I thought …maybe just bring this. To my surprise, it was amazing! It was super hydrating, gave me decent medium coverage and was glowy all day long. It was perfect. Unfortunately I think this cushion was been discontinued since I don’t see it on the official website :'(.
Another W lab I’ve been loving for the longest time. This is the W.lab real fit brush liner in 02 real brown. I used to love using the Stila liquid liner, the Physicians formula liquid liner as well as the Kat Von D one. But I think I got this one in a Black Friday bundle I got when I did a Korea haul and it came with it. I gave it a try, loved how the it was a brush tip as well as the pigmentation and lasting power.
Lancome as a brand I haven’t really dove into but I did get this le duo contour and highlighting sticka while back. I’ve been using it almost every time I do my make up and I love the contour side. It is super natural, blends into the skin easily and has a cool undertone with a hint of grey which makes it look nice and natural. I compared it to the Missha contour and highlight stick, so check it out here if you’d like.Mascaras is a product I never really like to explore. Once I have found the one I like, I stay loyal to it. But I had this sitting in my collection, waiting for me to be loved. I finally cracked it open and I actually love it! This is the Pony effect mega curling mascara (blog review here). It gives my lashes a natural look while keeping them curled. Yes :). I like…
Pony effect arti stick in My everything (blog review here) is my ride or die cream blush. The light pink is a good no brainer shade for everyday, every make up look. It blends into the skin effortlessly and looks super natural while giving me a hint of girlyness.And the last product I’ve been LOVING for my highlight and the only product I use for highlight… MAC cream color base in Hush. It is the PERFECT rose gold highlight that blends into my yellow undertone amazingly, looks SUPER natural to the point of questioning if my skin is just that nice or do I drink 2 litre of water a day. I actually got this at the CCO (Cosmetic company outlet) for $12 I think? Best purchase ever!
Surprised I didn’t bring a whole suitcase of make up? Yea.. me too. Hope this also kind of help you guys pick my brain on my go to products. I definitely recommend these products no doubt, so they are safe to buy for sure :). Hope you also enjoy my video and please leave a comment either here or on the video of what you guys use for your daily make up!
Hehe I talked a little too much in the beginning, but I wanted you guys to survive the cold Korean winters if you guys ever go. It is so damn cold that I actually had to wear three pairs of pants and four layers for my upper body. But my toes were always still frozen… sigh. Anyways, enjoy the vlog and the Sulwhasoo flagship store tour :P. The place is absolutely beautiful.
This product review is long overdue but a product that has been well loved by me. I got this around the time it was released which was couple months back and it still gets attention by this picky monster here. Now I personally love facial oils but I think I’m falling deeper in love with facial oils that is half and half with a serum. Somehow, the combination just works nicely and makes my skin happy. Laneige products are usually not hydrating enough for me living in Canada, but this product is definitely a winner winner, chicken dinner. Let’s get started with the review because… well you guys already know I like this product hehe.
Full name of product: Laneige water bank double layering oil
Limited edition/ Permanent?: Permanent
Description of product: “Why does skin experience dryness and inner taut feel during the cold winter season even after applying moisturizing cream and oil? The reason skin feels dry or taut inside even after applying several basic skincare products is that skin’s optimal oil and moisture balance is not achieved. If you want more abundant moisture, try perfect moisture created by polar extremes—oil and moisture!
Effect of applying “moisture ampoule + oil” all at once!
The crystal droplets made of moisture and oil provide the effect of having applied both moisture ampoule and oil all at once by pushing moisture into skin and by wrapping the surface of skin upon contact.
Moisture-Roof, the technology for skin’s optimal oil and moisture balance Moisture Roof realizes a moisturizing moisture film through which oil pushes moisture inside skin and wraps the surface of skin.
Hydro Ion Mineral Water – Small, fast water providing abundant moisture to skin Laneige’s moisture water “Hydro Ion Mineral Water” fills skin with water as it is absorbed fast into skin”
How to use: 1) Before us, be sure to shake the container fully (more than 10 times).
2) After using toner, lotion and essence, dispense 4-5 droplets onto the palm.
3) Mix well with both palms and evenly apply on the entire face in a massaging motion.
4) With both hands, steadily press the face to promote absorption into skin.
Do not apply on areas with injuries, eczema or dermatitis.
Product packaging: Laneige, being the mid range brand, always has the nicest packaging. Although the glass bottle isn’t ideal for travelling, it is beautiful to look at on my vanity. The bottle is very straight forward. Shake up the bottle to get the ampoule and oil to emulsify and lightly “ketchup shake” the product out. What I mean by ketchup shake is shaking the bottle with the opening very quickly and pulling your wrist back. Wow I sound absolutely crazy LOL. I hope you know what I mean T_T.
I really like the bottle dripped, it is the first that I have seen where the dropper has a little lip. It is completely fool proof and won’t cause spillage.
Texture/ Finish: Ampoules (or serum) in oil type of product isn’t new to me but I think this one from Laneige is the second one that I have tried. Oils, usually used after application of moisturizer, is used to seal in the moisture and not used to replace moisturizer. It generally is on the oily side (duhhh) and takes a long time to soak into the skin. But products like this somehow leaves the skin hydrated, soaks into the skin faster but still has the moisturizing effects of an oil.
Like oil, but also an ampoule… Its an odd combination but like a vinaigrette for salads, it works >_<.
Fragrance?: This product doesn’t really have a fragrance but there is a slight soapy scent. Smell-o-scale: 1/10 in terms of how strong the scent is.
Pro: -super hydrating
-soaks into the skin quickly
-benefits of an ampoule + oil
-little goes a long way
Con: Nothing really!
Stars given out of 5:
Overall thoughts: Sorry that the review is quite short but there really isn’t that much to say other then that it works great and hydrates my super dry skin. It works lovely during the winter time since my skin is usually quite chapped. I can still see myself using this in the spring time since it isn’t heavy on the skin. I can see this product working for normal, dry and combo skin types. Actually, I think combo skin type loving this since it has the balance of hydration but but being heavy. Okay, I’m just repeating myself at this point. Anyways, overall this product is pretty good and I definitely give it a two thumbs up.Product is provided by Jolse.
Korea Vlog 03 [Myeongdong, Mangwon market, Hongdae] - YouTube
In this episode of the vlogs, its pretty much just me eating HEHE. Me and Jimin went to explore Mangwon market, Zapangi, Hongdae for a little bit of shopping and the trickeye museum to take some cool pictures. I ended the day with just more eating and passed out :P.
Here’s the last part to my vacation haul, the J-beauty products I bought in Japan. Funny thing is that i really didn’t buy that much in terms of Japanese cosmetics since my luggage was taken over by snacks :P. Hope you enjoy the video!
Continuing on with the second part to my K-beauty haul, here is the longest video I have made to date. Please take your pee break and come back with popcorn >_<. I will leave links to the products here, so click “read more” for links :D. It is also in the description box so no worries!