leegeeham – Vita Propolis Ampoule and Cream Review

Hey everyone!

This is a review on the leegeeham Vita Propolis Ampoule and Cream. To read the Hyal B5 Ampoule and Toner review then click here! Also, these were sent to me in exchange for reviews, but rest assured my opinions are my own.

Leegeeham started and was known in the Korean cosmetic and skincare community for it’s sucessful dermatology clinic. Then over the years they started to develop their own brand of skincare. The leegeeham Grow line is one of 4 different lines they carry, but they do have also products outside of these four categories. The grow line also includes a Hyal5 face cream and cica serum and cream.

Ingredients

The main ingredients in both are 50% propolis, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, and  Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether. Propolis revitalizes and nourishes the dull and tired skin. Portulaca Oleracea Extract soothes the skin. Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract or otherwise known as sea buckthorn and Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether are vitamins rich ingredients that brighten up the skin.

Ampoule

The ampoule is very small! It’s 15ml and comes in a small glass container with a dropper. However a little goes a long way. A few drops of the slightly viscous fluid spreads all over the face. This ampoule also contains Centella Asiatica which helps repair skin even further. The finish is not sticky, absorbs very quickly and leaves the skin super soft. I love propolis so when I read that this contained 50% I was over the moon! It costs 25,900KRW and I would highly recommend incorporating propolis to your skincare routine because it really makes your skin glow within. I love it!

Cream

The cream comes in yellow honey glass jar. Inside there is butter colored cream. The texture is more of a thick lotion. It’s slightly runny and spreads nicely without tugging and absorbs quickly. The finish is not sticky at all and my skin is left super soft. It has no greasy sheen and just leaves a subtle glow. For 50ml it costs 38,900KRW.

Last Thoughts

I absolutely would give this a two thumbs up. Great for all skin types. Having used the Hyal B5 and the Vita Propolis together it made my skin GLOW. I have tons of other skincare to review, but these products really made it hard for me to take a break after using them consistently for 3 weeks. I can’t wait to get back on it!

Pam’s Spa Product Review

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I am here with another K-Beauty Expo Review. I am wrapping things up this month so for the next several posts here and on my instagram it will be posts of the products that K-Beauty Expo has sent me to review. Pam’s Beauty & Business is a Korean skin specialist/cosmetics company with experience over 30 years. They sell Italian and German skincare as well. I will only be reviewing the Korean brand that they produce called Pam’s Spa. I received the TERRA VITA Volcanic Mineral Powder Mask, Water Drop Blue Solution 3 in 1 Ampule Gel Cream, Skinalle Anti Gravity Lifting Mask, and the Professional Derma Fluid. Shall we start?

 

TERRA VITA Volcanic Mineral Powder Mask

This comes in a very large box and it contains six individually packaged containers and a spoon. The packs are a bit hard to take out, I had to use the other end of my tweezers to pry it out from the plastic holder. Inside it contains 100% very fine volcanic mineral powder. It naturally stimulates ion exchange and is universally applicable to all skin types. It can be used as an intensive cleaning mask for face and body. It removes excess sebum and micro dust while firming, whitening and revitalizing the skin.

After adding a spoonful of water the texture will become like dirt. It’s like a very thin mud mask. Because it’s just water that you add to it it will dry up pretty quickly. I also found it a bit drying on my skin, but it’s because I have dry skin. So this works as a exfoliating face pack. I did notice that my skin looked clearer, smoother and softer. I think next time I will only put it on parts of my face and not all over, because I felt like I had to moisturize right away! For a box it costs 30,000KRW.

Water Drop Blue Solution 3 in 1 Ampule Gel Cream

The next item is the cream. It comes in a plastic jar. When I read ‘Blue Solution’ I didn’t think it was actually going to be blue! It kinda threw me off of using it because it of the color and the texture I really don’t like how it goes on my face. It’s the cyclopentasiloxane, a silicone based ingredient that gives it that slip. Also, the smell is quite strong, I want to describe it as a fresh aquatic smell. It not bad, but it lingers a while.

However, even with these shortcomings, it’s not a bad cream. It consists of more than 30% of moisture factors. Contains Blue Complex, which includes Chamomile, Borage, Lavender, Hyacinth, Clary Sage, and Cornflower. I don’t think I would recommend it though, the finish is a little bit too tacky for my taste. This cream is 39,000KRW.

Skinalle Anti Gravity Lifting Mask

Lifting anything is always a good thing, but with some products I’ve used in the past lifting masks always seem to be the most disappointing. The Skinalle mask doesn’t use any ear hooking hydrogel patches, thank God! This lifting mask contains albumin and human oligopeptide-1 for skin elasticity, collagen regeneration, and anti-wrinkle effects. It also contains 6 different kinds of Hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin.

The mask comes in a regular mask pouch and instead of leaving the mask on for 20-30 minutes, you leave it on skin for 10-15 minutes and wash it off. If you don’t, like I did for 5 mins after taking it off, it will feel like actual glue and your eyelids will stick to itself. HAHAHA. Afterwards it feels tighter, but it’s not a miracle face lift. I think its worth a try though, for a box of 5 it costs 30,000KRW.

Professional Derma Fluid

Last on the list the the Professional Derma Fluid. This was a complete fail for me. I really think that it should be left for professional use. There are 4 types of vials, Purifying for acne and senstive skin, Moisturizing for dry and normal condition skin, Brightening for aged and pigmented skin, and Peptide for lifting. These glass vials come with no directions, so I wasted 2 vials and the third one the broken glass got stuck in the plastic tube thing, and I am not even going to with the last vial. I’m sure the fluid inside is awesome, but I can’t seem to open them correctly and also just thinking that there might be micro pieces of glass on my skin is a definite no-no for me. This is hard 20,000KRW pass from me.

Final Thoughts

Not my favorite review, but there were some ok ones like the Terra Vita mask and the Skinalle Anti Gravity Lifting Mask. The whole aesthetic of the brand doesn’t charm me and it needs an upgrade, and that’s my opinion. Overall it’s just an OK from me. You can visit their shop at http://www.pamsspa.co.kr/.

Troiareuke In Depth Product Review- ‘Pimples Be Gone!’ ACSEN Selemix Serum

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This is going to be a lengthy and detailed review on three Troiareuke products. I separated each product into 3 post because all together it was too long. So at the bottom there are links to the other two products! I hope that will be helpful for you guys to read and navigate.

This brand is a branch from a bigger company called MK Universal. They have other spa brand products and spa services including Troipeel. I was gifted the Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing, Acsen Selemix Serum, and the Skin Complex Formula (H+ Cocktail Anti-Trouble Formula Ampoule) from the brand. I was first introduced to the brand at the Seoul Blogger Brunch that I attended in September this year. I knew that they were a spa brand and many of their clients go to treat acne and different skin problems. I was also gifted the Acsen UV Protector Essence, but I haven’t tried it yet since I have so many sunscreens open right now. Anyway, let’s get on with the review.

What’s with the name and what’s this brand about?

Troi-are-uke is a mouthful to say at first but after a while it rolls off the tongue. On their website they explain that -areuke means beginning in Greek, and with that they came up with ‘Troiareuke’ -the beginning with of prescription skincare cosmetics. They are proud of their 1:1 skincare prescription. I actually did a small survey and was matched with the Selemix Serum when they contacted me. They also take a holistic approach to skincare taking into consideration chromatherapy and aromatherapy.

ACSEN

Acsen is one of the Troiareuke skincare lines. It is a combination of two skin concerns, acne and sensitive. The main ingredient in this line is Centella Asiatica which is a great skin ingredient for skin recovery and regeneration. Another main ingredient is a combination of beansprout and magnolia tree bark which they call ‘Selemix An’, which is good for skin protection, recovery, and inflammation.

ACSEN Selemix Serum

This serum was sent to me for me to write a review some months after the Seoul Blogger Brunch. I was going to review this by itself, but I thought why not kill ‘troi’ birds with one stone! You get it? “Troi” is 3 in French and also it’s how the beginning of how Troiareuke is spelled… you know.. but since I have three products instead of 2.. birds.. yeah… ok. Anyway, I was a little confused when they sent me this serum since I told them I had very dry skin. I was a bit worried at first because whenever I think of ‘acne’ products that it was going to be drying. However, I had nothing to worry about! It claims to minimize skin trouble and reduce scars.

This is serum contains the Selemix An (beansprout, magnolia tree bark) , sciadopitys verticillata extract (Japanese Umbrella Pine), Chamomile extract, Salicylic Acid, Centella Asiatica, and essential oils. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients are great for acne and sensitive skin types. This serum looks exactly like the Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing. The texture is very light and 2 pumps is how much I use each time to get a generous coating on my skin. It absorbs quickly without any sticky feeling. I get a nice hydrated feeling and it doesn’t irritate my ezcema patches either which is a major plus.

I noticed that with this serum that any pimples I got went away much quicker than if I didn’t include it in my skincare routine. Especially when I use it before I start my period, when I get hormonal pimples here and there, it does a good job of controlling not only the amount of pimples I get but also the longevity of them, even if I’ve been bad and squeezed the crap out of it. I really think this is a really awesome product. The only down is the price. It is hella expensive… its 156,000KRW for 100ml, but they did come out with a smaller 40ml size for 62,000KRW. Would I buy this for myself though? I don’t think I would, and the only reason is that even though I think it’s a great product I don’t think my skin needs it that much for that amount of money. If you are having problems with acne and sensitivity and can afford it, do buy it! I don’t have anything bad to say about this serum.

Bonus Mini Review: AGT Hydro Essence & Cell Energy Cream

With the Selemix Serum they sent some samples of the AGT Hydro Essence and Cell Energy Cream. The essence is a clear gel that helps with skin moisture levels and soothes the skin with 7 different oriental herbs and rooibos. This was also a nice treat. I can’t give you any significant results other than it was hydrating. The full size is 52,000KRW for 100ml.
The Cell Energy Cream was also a nice sample. The cream is lightweight and is formulated with Galactomyces ferment and Bifida ferment to help with skin elasticity. It also has Hyaluronic Acid and Lactobacillus to moisturize the skin. I liked the cream a lot so I used up the sample pretty quickly. It absorbs nicely and gives your skin a light glowy coating. My skin felt very bouncy and filled up, I would love to try the full size for a longer length of time. The full size is 130,000KRW for 250ml.

They have a shop in Myeongdong across from exit 1 inside SkyPark Hotel and they have a Korean online shop.

Go to Oil Cut Cleansing review!

Go to Healing Cocktail Mist review!

Troiareuke In Depth Product Review – ‘Trouble & Redness Be Gone!’ Healing Cocktail Mist

Hey Guys!

This is going to be a lengthy and detailed review on three Troiareuke products. I separated each product into 3 post because all together it was too long. So at the bottom there are links to the other two products! I hope that will be helpful for you guys to read and navigate.

This brand is a branch from a bigger company called MK Universal. They have other spa brand products and spa services including Troipeel. I was gifted the Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing, Acsen Selemix Serum, and the Skin Complex Formula (H+ Cocktail Anti-Trouble Formula Ampoule) from the brand. I was first introduced to the brand at the Seoul Blogger Brunch that I attended in September this year. I knew that they were a spa brand and many of their clients go to treat acne and different skin problems. I was also gifted the Acsen UV Protector Essence, but I haven’t tried it yet since I have so many sunscreens open right now. Anyway, let’s get on with the review.

Skin Complex Formula + Anti-Trouble Ampoule = Healing Cocktail

This was another gift I got from the Seoul Blogger Brunch. Funny story, I accidentally drank one of the ampoules because I thought it was a skincare drink! I think I drank the Cell Repair one… I didn’t feel sick afterwards, so that just goes to show that their ingredients are totally safe, even if you intend to one-shot it down your throat. Hahaha! I will always remember this experience.

 

 

The base liquid in which you add your desired ampoule is the Skin Complex Formula. This clear liquid is formulated with Pycnogenol which is an antioxidant that can be found in French Pine Bark, Pomegranate Extract, and Kava Extract. Pomegranate is a great antioxidant and Kava is a soothing plant ingredient. Each ampoule is a different color and have different effects. Green for calming, red for skin elasticity, yellow for brightening, and blue to help soothe and disinfect.

So I got the green Anti-Trouble Ampoule to mix in my mist. The process is quite fun, it’s really like making a cocktail! The spray is not very fine, at first it was a bit alarming because of how much liquid it sprayed! It was a decent dousing on my face. The mist is SO GOOD. I really, really like it. My skin is immediately hydrated, I can use it with makeup on and it won’t disturb it, and when my eczema is flared up I spritz a couple times and it is immediately calmed.

The mist is sold in two sizes, 60ml or 180ml and each ampoule is 10ml. The 180ml bottle can fill up to 2x10ml ampoules. I’m not sure if you can mix different ampoules or not. The 70ml option is (60ml+10ml) is 48,000KRW and the 200ml option is (180ml+10mlx2) is 100,000KRW.

They have a shop in Myeongdong across from exit 1 inside SkyPark Hotel and they have a Korean online shop.

Go to Selemix serum review!

Go to Oil Cut Cleansing review!

Troiareuke In Depth Product Review – ‘Makeup Be Gone!’ ACSEN Oil Cut Cleansing

Hey Guys!

This is going to be a lengthy and detailed review on three Troiareuke products. I separated each product into 3 post because all together it was too long. So at the bottom there are links to the other two products! I hope that will be helpful for you guys to read and navigate.

This brand is a branch from a bigger company called MK Universal. They have other spa brand products and spa services including Troipeel. I was gifted the Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing, Acsen Selemix Serum, and the Skin Complex Formula (H+ Cocktail Anti-Trouble Formula Ampoule) from the brand. I was first introduced to the brand at the Seoul Blogger Brunch that I attended in September this year. I knew that they were a spa brand and many of their clients go to treat acne and different skin problems. I was also gifted the Acsen UV Protector Essence, but I haven’t tried it yet since I have so many sunscreens open right now. Anyway, let’s get on with the review.

What’s with the name and what’s this brand about?

Troi-are-uke is a mouthful to say at first but after a while it rolls off the tongue. On their website they explain that -areuke means beginning in Greek, and with that they came up with ‘Troiareuke’ -the beginning with of prescription skincare cosmetics. They are proud of their 1:1 skincare prescription. I actually did a small survey and was matched with the Selemix Serum when they contacted me. They also take a holistic approach to skincare taking into consideration chromatherapy and aromatherapy.

ACSEN

Acsen is one of the Troiareuke skincare lines. It is a combination of two skin concerns, acne and sensitive. The main ingredient in this line is Centella Asiatica which is a great skin ingredient for skin recovery and regeneration. Another main ingredient is a combination of beansprout and magnolia tree bark which they call ‘Selemix An’, which is good for skin protection, recovery, and inflammation.

ACSEN Oil Cut Cleansing

This was the first product I used, since I wear a whole lotta makeup everyday, so I am super into cleansing products. My first impression just reading the packaging was that it was gonna be weak sauce! I love oil cleansers and it’s my preferred method of removing makeup. So when I saw that it was oil-free, my expectation was low, boy was I wrong! This is seriously SO GREAT. I love this cleanser so much! Before I go on let me just go over the general info.

The bottle contains 120ml, they do have a 300ml one as well, but I don’t think they sell the big one. The main ingredients are Papaya which is a natural exfoliant, Aloe Vera which calms and moisturizes, and Usnea extract (lichen) that is an anti-bacterial ingredient. It has a runny gel consistency and spreads easily over the face without any sticky or oily feeling. It uses a micro-emulsion technique that removes oil and dirt without irritating the skin.

This is a great cleanser for everyone, especially those of you who want the makeup removing power of an oil cleanser but without the oily feeling. I squeeze a coin size amount into my hands I rub it in to my skin for a minute and wash it off with warm water. I don’t have to second cleanse, because it takes everything off. I was so surprised and amazed when I used it the first time. It was so gentle and not drying or irritating. I would totally buy this with my own money and I would recommend this one to anyone. The 120ml one costs 38,000KRW, it’s pricy but if you’re not having to double cleanse then in a way you’re saving money on buying another cleansing product and you’ll be saving time as well.

They have a shop in Myeongdong across from exit 1 inside SkyPark Hotel and they have a Korean online shop.

Go to Selemix serum review!

Go to Healing Cocktail Mist review!

Mineral House for Troubled, Sensitive, and Inflamed Skin- One Brand Skincare Review

Hello everyone!

Thanks for joining me on another skincare review. Today I will be writing about one K beauty brand that specializes skincare for troubled, sensitive, and easily inflamed skin like eczema and photosensitivity. This brand is called Dr.Deep -Mineral House! I was really excited to try out their product when I received them in my K-Beauty Expo editor’s box. I have eczema on my forehead and neck and I’ve tried so many things to keep it under control. Some have worked, others made it worse. I’ve use it for over 3 three weeks and I’m ready to tell you all about it!

So before I start talking about the products I want to talk about the brand a little bit. Dr Deep is a natural mineral cosmetic that helps strengthen skin barrier by moisturizing and nourishing skin. It contains 30 kinds of minerals such as calcium. It helps to improve skin troubles such as atopic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis and water warts on children. The natural herbal ingredients they use helps soothe and moisturize sensitive skin. The formulate their products  without parabens, chemical surfactants, steroids, artificial flavors, and artificial preservatives

Aloe Soothing Gel

This was to me the the most mundane product out of the 4. Aloe to me is always a boring ingredient, but after reading the ingredient list I saw that it did have other ingredients as well. It contains 45% aloe juice from Jeju Island what moisturizes and relieves the skin. Fermented grain extracts (rice, soy, and millet) that are rich vitamins. It also contains fermented potato extract, ginseng extract, lavender and chamomile extract that relieves sensitive skin. Last notable ingredient was ceramide NP which helps builds skin moisture barrier.

I can’t say anything bad about this product, it does what it does. It’s not sticky and has no added fragrance. You could use as a gel toner or as very quick and light pre-moisturizer. You can use this for face, hands, and body. You can smooth over a thick layer of the gel as a face pack. As a stand alone product it’s not enough for dry skin, so follow up with a thicker moisturizer. For 120ml it’s 16,000KRW.

ACPA Cleansing Foam

This was another product that didn’t stand out since it was an acne product. I do get pimples here and there, but nothing too serious. I always find acne cleansers very drying and irritating on my eczema patches. However this one is specifically made for sensitive skin types. So if you do have acne and sensitive skin you might want to consider this purchase. It has a low percentage of salicylic acid of 0.3%. It contains Aloe extract, green tea extract, chamomile extract, and calendula extract.

The packaging is a foam pump type so it’s super fast and easy to use. The foam that comes out is nice and frothy. This one doesn’t give your skin that squeaky feeling, but it still feels clean after rinsing! It has a pH level of 4.5-6.5. I wouldn’t use it to take makeup off but as a second cleanser. Afterwards my skin doesn’t pull or feel super tight. This cleanser is a good preventative and during time when I do breakout I can use it without worrying about how dry my skin will feel afterwards. You get 150ml/5.28 oz of product for 25,000KRW.

Acer Mono Sap Essential Skin

This next product is a toner. It comes in a frosted glass bottle with a screw-off top. It is made with Acer Mono tree (maple tree) sap. Acer Mono Sap is rich in Ca, Mg, amino acid, and vitamin A, C. Natural mineral water is a strong skin barrier. It also has Beta-glucan and sodium hyaluronate  improves skin elasticity and aloe vera extract and baobab seed extract help condition and moisturize the skin. There is no added fragrance and it was a watery texture. It very gentle so it will be great for sensitive skin types. It’s hydrating and soothing as well. I quite like it and I’m almost done with the bottle. This in’t a product that will give you drastic results, but it’s a very nice toner! For 120ml/4.22 fl oz it’s 36,000 KRW.

Propolis Synergy Serum

The last product is the Propolis Synergy Serum. The packaging when I first saw it was a little disappointing, but they did changed the packaging! I think it looks much better. 70 percent of the Serum is Propolis extract! Propolis extract prevents and improves skin damage by strengthening the skin barrier. It is also formulated with natural ingredients like lactobacillus, white willow bark extract, oregano leaf extract, sea buckthorn, female ginseng, and others that are rich in ingredients of Omega-3, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.

The texture is a watery gel with no sticky after feeling. It absorbs fast and has no noticeable scent. Skin feels lightly hydrated. I can’t feel a difference in my skin even after few weeks, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. It hasn’t made my skin worse from using it. I like it because it is very gentle and soothing. For 100ml/3.52 fl.oz it is 42,000KRW.

Last Thoughts

If you have sensitive skin, this is a great brand to try out. If you already have great skin and not very sensitive skin you might want to pass because you will not notice a huge difference. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not effective, but usually with skincare people want to see big results. This brand is quite subtle and will require more effort than other chemically formed skincare and cosmetics. You can check out more of their products  at www.minehouse.co.kr. Also, they have international shipping through Amazon.

 

The Best Way to Get #Sheetfaced – Updated products

Hey guys

I wrote this blog post as a guest post over at another blog over a year ago and I never posted it on mine. It was left as a draft and I decided to look over it again, and I realized that some of my opinions have changed about some of the products I’ve recommended in the past. Not saying they are bad products, but since I have tried a lot more skincare over the last year or so I think I have become a sort of skincare snob, hahaha! Also, I want to let you know the products that I enjoy using now. Well anyway, read on for my sheet masking tips!

Korean Luxury Facial – My Shangpree Spa Experience!

Hi everyone!

Today I want to share my experience at the Shangpree Spa. Shangpree reached out to me and invited me to try their spa facial service. I’ve had many of my blogger friends tell me about their experience, and I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself. Not to jump ahead, but I loved it! Let me tell you all about it.

Location and Interior

There are 5 spa locations, in Chungdam, Gangnam, Myeongdong, Suwon, and Daejeon. I decided to the Chungdam one since it is in a ritzy location and they also recommended it since the interior was said to be the nicer out of the others ones in Seoul. Also, this is a women’s only spa, I don’t think men are allowed, from what I’ve read on their website. The spa is fairly easy to find, I got off at Apugujeong Rodeo station exit 5 and it’s about a 5 min walk. As I got to the entrance of the spa it looked quite small from the outside. When you go in at the top of the stairs there will be a nail shop and on the left side is the entrance to the spa. The interior was very pretty, and on the cozier side as I suspected from the outside. The wooden interior made the whole place look very warm and golden. There is also a giant vase fountain in the middle that give it a ‘spa’ atmosphere.

Spa Room

After the front desk greeted me, I was led upstairs to a private room. There are rooms for multiple people as well, but luckily I got a room to myself. The room is very cozy, leaning towards small, and has a very warm and golden theme like the lobby. There is a small closet to put your clothes and things in. Next to the closet there is a small vanity with a sink with all the Shangpree goodies displayed. The bed was long enough for me and wasn’t uncomfortable. There is also a clock on the wall if you like checking times and stuff.

Treatment

I got the S-Power Treatment, which is 90-120 minutes and it is one of their signature treatments. It helps with different skins of skin concerns like whitening, anti-wrinkle, and acne/blemishes. I purposely didn’t wear any makeup that day because I didn’t want to rewash my face of makeup residue when I got back home. The esthetician cleansed my skin anyway which I appreciated because it should be routine in any skincare and facial. She applied the Shangpree S-Energy Facial mousse cleanser then after that they asked me what my skincare concern was and I told them I had dry skin. She later came back and applied a hydrating-soothing gel pack. During the gel pack they cleaned and massaged my foot and then put on leg air compressors. I know some people don’t like it, but I actually don’t mind. It’s better than nothing.

After a little while they cleaned off the gel pack and then she started the face and neck massage. This part was the best! She used the Intensive Hydro Cream all over. She also did a light scalp and shoulder massage because I told her I get frequent headaches. After the massage, they did the signature Shangpree gold modeling mask. They added a skin youth regenerating ampoule. They will cater the type of ampoule to your skin type. They have two other types, whitening and for acne/blemishes. The esthetician was telling me how their modeling masks don’t dry up like other types in the market. Afterwards, I thought it was the end, but she did a second modeling mask! Their newest Black Premium modeling mask. The difference between the black and the gold is that it balances oil and purifies the skin. It was just as fabulous as the gold one. Afterwards she finished my skin off with the S-energy skincare line and the SOS Balancing Gel Cream.

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My esthetician was really awesome, I didn’t have any discomfort at all during the entire treatment. They did say she had won a lot of awards for her mad spa skillz. All of the estheticians must go through lots of different exams. They seem to source the best of the best at the spa.

Overall and My Thoughts

The spa treatment was VERY nice. I loved my experience there. My skin felt amazing and radiant and even the days following my skin was GLOWING. I can say with full confidence that their products are really high quality. The service at the spa was also great. After I got done, they let me take my time to change and didn’t rush me out. They offered me some tea and to gather myself from my post-spa daze. My esthetician was really great at explaining all of the products used on my face and answered all of my questions. At times though they left me alone in the room too long and didn’t tell me when they would be back. I think she said a time once. I didn’t mind it that much, but still it would be nice to let the client know when she is coming back. Other than that I had such a wonderful, relaxing time. I would highly recommend visiting if you’re in Seoul.

The cost for the S-Power treatment is 230,000. They don’t have the price written anywhere, so you do have to ask. There are more affordable treatments, so if this is a bit steep you can always call or email them. Anyway, I think it’s a super nice way to treat yourself. You won’t regret it! I want to go back again because it was that good!

If you want more information about Shangpree products or spa treatments then click here for more info. Just another little thing, they don’t do walk ins, you must make an appointment.

I hope that you enjoyed reading my review/experience and found this post helpful in considering how to spend your time and money when in Korea! Talk to you later in my next post.

-Sarah

KICHO Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream Review

Hi!

Sunscreen is the should be in everyone’s skincare routine. There are so many to pick from and It’s always a trial and error to find the perfect one for your skin. I have reviewed quite a few on my blog and this is another sunscreen review to help you find your sunscreen match! The Kicho brand philosophy is to make skincare with natural ingredients that is used in oriental medicine. They have skincare, makeup, and even makeup brushes! It started out in 2013 and since then the brand has set foot in different countries in Southeast Asia and Russia. The Kicho Ultra Moisturizing Sunscreen has been seen in the NY Times and has gained popularity since then.

Packaging and Ingredients

The suncreen comes in a tube with a pump. It has a very modern look all white with gold foiling detail. The SPF is 50+ PA+++, if you want more info about SPF then click here. The main sun protecting ingredient is Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, homosalate, Ethyhexyl Salicylate, and Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate. So this is a chemical sunscreen. I’m not that sensitive to chemical sunscreens, but if you are then this might be a pass for you. The other ingredients are mostly different plant extracts, 50 to be exact. Like soybean seed extract, oregano extract, willow bark extract, ginkgo extract, camellia leaf extract, and broccoli sprout extract. There are lots of bean extracts and soybean ferment to keep your skin moisturized as well. With all the natural extracts it has a fresh grassy, apple peel, slight musky smell.

Texture and Wear

The texture is a light gel cream. It smooths over the skin without any tugging or greasiness. It sinks in pretty quickly and leaves a nice hydrated feeling. The one think about this that I don’t like is that if you apply more than one layer or two pumps at once and rub it in it will start to pill in to balls. So I only use 1 pump and one layer before leaving the house or putting makeup on. Other than that I didn’t have any issues with the sunscreen. It didn’t irritate my skin or break me out. It doesn’t leave your skin looking shiny either.

Final Thoughts

This is another good sunscreen that I’ve tried. I would recommend this one especially for dry skin types because it is nice and hydrating. Even for oily and combination skin it doesn’t have a greasy finish, so don’t disregard it because it says ‘Ultra Moisturizing’. This costs 36,000KRW for 50ml/1.69 fl.oz. The Korean shop is at www.kichocosmetics.co.kr they also have a Chinese language shop as well, their ‘.com’ site was down, so I’m guessing they don’t have it anymore. One more thing before I go, this was a product sent to me from the K-Beauty Expo to review. All opinions stated above is my honest thoughts. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

See you in the next post!

 

Eunogo – Hydrogen Toning Experience

Hi guys!

This is post is going to be about a skin treatment that I got through Eunogo about 2 weeks ago. I won a giveaway at the Seoul Blogger Brunch 2017, so I got another opportunity to partner with Eunogo. Eunogo is an award-winning Korean medical care concierge service and you can easily ‘shop’ for services on the website. They have very strict regulations with clinics and doctors they work with, so you can be assured that you’ll get the best service and outcome possible. They also have translators available so you won’t be in any confusion when you see the doctors and nurses.  Last time I got the Aqua Shine Injection and I was prepared for another intense skin treatment, but I was suggested a trendy skincare treatment called hydrogen toning.

What is hydrogen toning?

Hydrogen toning is an non-invasive toning skin care treatment that will give you more radiant, toned skin and youthful look, treating your fine wrinkles. So, if most of you paid attention in science class you know that hydrogen is essentially water. You might also wonder then how ‘hydrogen’ can make your skin more radiant and treat wrinkles. There has been research concerning that water pumped with extra hydrogen has the ability to reduce free radicals that damage living cells and tissues. Like most things in life it is debatable. In any case this hydrogen toning facial pumps this miracle water into the skin thus improving the look and texture of the skin. Keep reading if you want to know my experience.

Clinic and Service

The hydrogen treatment was done at a clinic in Gangnam called Urban Beauty. It is in one of the nicest building I’ve been in, it was very modern, artsy, and high-tech. The inside of the clinic was amazing! It had these pretty lights and modern furniture, and an outside terrace. As soon as I got there I was greeted by my coordinator and she helped me with signing in. I waited not too long and then I was escorted to the skincare offices on the other side of floor. Two aestheticians  were there and greeted me and gave me a robe to put on. The room was actually quite smaller than I expected but it had a cozy feeling and the the aestheticians made me feel very welcome and comfortable.

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Cleansing & The Procedure 

So, I had a lot of makeup on that day, as usual, and it took a while to get my mascara off and stuff. I should have gone with no makeup on actually, but anyway they got most of it off. The aesthetician explained a bit about the hydrogen pumping machine called, Hydro Impact, before and during the procedure. She put some hydrating cream on my face for that it would be easier to glide the pump over my skin. The machine starts with a full cylindrical tank of hydrogen toning water and it is pumped to a pen nozzle that directly touches the skin. The hydrogen goes in deeply up to 1.2PPM. You can feel the pulsing of the water on your skin and sometimes it can drip out of the pen on weird angles of your face, but it’s just water so no biggie. Also, it doesn’t hurt at all. When it was done you can see the used water in a separate tank. It was a little gross seeing the murky water next to the clear hydrogen water tank.

Next it was time for the rubber mask! After she had put that on she put a dome cover over my face with red light. The Hydrocare machine pumps out 2 parts H2 (Hydrogen gas) and 1 part oxygen and the inhalation helps fight free radicals in the body and skin. It’s a clear dome so you won’t feel too claustrophobic.

After Treatment

After the treatment I felt refreshed and my skin looked brightened, but it only looked that way because she put a tone up whitening cream on after. At first I didn’t really notice anything different. I think I still had makeup residue on my face and I also had to go to another meeting afterwards so I didn’t have time right after to observe. After getting home and washing up. I did notice that my skin did look brighter. The next few days I could really tell a difference. The eczema patches on my forehead and neck seemed to be calmed down and just the overall appearance of my skin looked more radiant and even. The effects of the hydrogen toning is only for a few days in my opinion. The aesthetician did say that it is a series of treatments to see really big noticeable changes.

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Final Thoughts and Costs

Eunogo did a great job of communicating and guiding me along the way as usual! I enjoyed the hydrogen skincare treatment. It was an interesting concept and I would like to try a few more sessions to see the full effect. Eunogo shop offers this procedure at $300, which is a 25% discounted and exclusive deal. You can find out more about the hydrogen toning by clicking here and other procedures at the Eunogo Shop. If you have the Kakao Talk app you can directly ask questions to them at their ID ‘eunogo’.