leegeehaam – Grow Hyal B5 Toner and Ampoule Review

Hey everyone!

This is a review on the leegeeham Grow Hyal B5 Toner and Ampoule. To read the Vita Propolis Ampoule and Cream review then click here! Also these were sent to me in exchange for reviews.

Leegeeham started and was known in the Korean cosmetic and skincare community for it’s successful 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 they use in this line are 5 kinds of hyaluronic acids, pro vitamin B (panthenol), and glyceryl glucoside, which they aptly call ‘Hyal B5’. The five hyaluronic acids are hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, ascorbyl propyl hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl trimonium hyaluronate, and sodium hyaluronate. This hyaluronic acid cocktail delivers moisture deep down into the skin, refines skin texture, treats dryness, and helps stimulate collagen production making your skin looking plumper and younger. Added to this is the Pro Vitamin B5 also known as Panthenol which helps lock in the moisture from evaporating. Glyceryl glucoside helps skin elasticity and stimulates aquaporins, water channels in cells.

Toner

The toner comes in a clear heavy plastic packaging with a pump and a top cover. The liquid inside is a viscous formula, but when you rub it in it becomes a thinner liquid. It has a very faint herbal scent. The extracts that are in this toner are Ginseng fruit extract, vanilla fruit extract, Centella Asiatica extract, kava extract, burdock extract, and mushroom extract, and yam extract. It also contains oils, olive oil, white yam leaf oil, nutmeg kernel oil, carrot seed oil, cowpea seed oil, white chamois flower oil. 

I love thicker toners like this one, so I instantly fell in love with it. It does have a very slight sticky feeling, but because I have very dry skin my skin loves it! I don’t mind it because it’s the first step in my skincare routine. it absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t irritate my skin or eczema patches. I would recommend this if you like the Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, personally I like the leegeeham one a little better because it’s suited more for drier skin types. For 120ml is costs 26,000KRW.

Ampoule

This ampoule comes in the same style of packaging as the toner but with a dropper. The liquid is a thicker than the toner and the ingredients are pretty much identical as the toner with the exception of a handful of ingredients. So This is a bottle of a more concentrated level of the toner which is great since the toner is so good! However, the stickiness of the product is also increased. It spreads easily on the skin and absorbs quickly. The immediate finish is a bit sticky, but as it dries it lessens. Also because I will put on cream afterwards the stickiness is not much of a problem, it’s actually feels quite nice as it feels like it’s sealing in the moisture. For 30ml it costs 28,000KRW.

Last Thoughts

I would highly recommend this line to dry skin types and anyone who has seasonal dryness. The toner and ampoule are two items that can easily be added into your skincare routine. 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!

Bonus mask review!

The Hyal B5 Moisture Mask is also a great product. It doesn’t have all of the 5 Hyaluronic acid but still contains Sodium hyaluronate. It also has Ceremide NP, Centella Asiatica extract, and panthenol. The sheet mask is so soft and adheres well on the skin. The fit is nice and the effects are nothing short of great! Love the mask.

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!

Old Korean Beauty Wisdom from Hanyul: Anti-Aging Red Rice Toner

Hey guys! I hope you are off to a good start on your weekend. I’m having a lazy start, but going to be doing some filming for my You Tube channel. Yay! Anyway today I wanted to share with you the toner that I’ve been using now which I have also used in the past. It’s the Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Softener.

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Hanyul is a Korean cosmetics brand that is under the Amore Pacific company. This particular line focused on using natural herbs and ingredients that are found in Korea. Also using beauty knowledge that has been passed from generation to generation. It’s a very approachable brand that the packaging isn’t over done, there aren’t many scientific words to describe each ingredient. You get what you get, and that’s a good thing in this case.

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Jun Ji Hyun the spokes model of Hanyul.

So I purchased the same toner when it first came out in 2014 and I liked it, but I didn’t repurchase it because I wanted to try out different things. But at the start of this year I decided to get it again because my  skin was dry and I wanted a toner that had anti-aging effects. This toner also has whitening effect, but to be honest I don’t necessarily care about it that. I love my Asian brown skin thank you very much.

The special thing about this particular rice toner is that it uses red rice. In old Korea the women would turn the white rice into red rice by fermenting it in red yeast for up to 8 days. This not only made the rice more nutritious for their families, the water to soak and wash the rice was used in beauty regime to make the skin more supple and hydrated. That’s Korean beauty wisdom right thuuur! I could end this post right here, but I still have some stuff to add.

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So the toner isn’t like your normal liquid toner, it’s more viscous. When you apply it to the skin and leave it on it doesn’t evaporate as quickly as other watery toners. Which is good because it forms a barrier of moisture. It’s not sticky either and makes your skin feel smooth and soft. The smell is very pleasant like a floral smell and not at all like yeast, rice, or a fermentation smell.

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I will say that the bottle is a bit heavy and the toner is hard to get out the fist couple times. But I think that all glass packaged cosmetics are all heavy anyways so I don’t think that should discourage you from getting this product. It goes for 38,000KRW for 150Ml and last time I bought it I used it for a good 6 months I think. With this product it’s east to see how much you’re using because it’s viscous unlike watery toners that are easier to go a bit over board. So if you’re looking for a nice hydrating, anti-aging, and whitening (brightening) toner try this skin softener!

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How to wash and prep your face in order

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Hey everyone!

So I get asked a lot of skincare questions and I thought I’d write about the general step by step of how to wash and prep your skin. I think this will be a helpful post for those who aren’t familiar with skin care routines. So let’s get started!

1. Wash your face!

I wash my face twice a day, in the morning and at night. In the mornings I like to use a mild soap just to get stimulate the blood flow and to balance out the skin. Also your makeup is going to go on smoother on a cleaner surface. Then at night I will use a makeup removing cleanser to wash off makeup as well as dirt and oil. A couple times a week I like to exfoliate my skin to get rid of any dead skin build up. Weekly exfoliation will keep your pores from being blocked which can develop into pimples.

2. Tony! Toni! Toner!

I’ve written a post on it before oh my you should use toner and you can read it here. Using toner can help the skin take in the other products you will use later. It should be used before any other skin product. I use a cotton pad and gently wipe around the face. Those with oily skin should never ever skip this step! The toner will help prep and control oiliness.

3. Treat your skin

If you’ve got a pimple or pimples use a blemish treatment cream/ointment on specific areas.

4. I scream for eye(s) cream and serum

These are the two skin products that you should invest in. The first signs of ageing starts around the eyes so always moisturise the eye area and firm up the skin with an anti-ageing formulated eye cream if you are in your early 20s or older. Serum or essence will give your skin extra nourishment and helps keep the elasticity of your skin. As you get older collagen in the skin will start to diminish. So using a serum as part of your skin care routine is key to having youthful looking skin.

5. IT RUBS THE LOTION ON ITS SKIN…

I hope you don’t mind the dark humor 😉 Whether it is lotion, cream, or oil, this step will lock in everything you put on previously. It will also repair the skin and keep it from drying out. Drying out the skin will cause more breakout and the texture of your skin will become rough. So slather it on. I like to use oils and creams instead of lotion because I have very dry skin. For oily skin types a light lotion or gel cream will do.

6. The California Raisins called and they want their wrinkles back…

is what you’re gonna hear if you don’t put on sunscreen everyday. Use a UVA and UVB blocking sunscreen. Just because you’re going outside for 10 mins is not an excuse not to wear sunscreen. Always and everyday apply sunscreen before leaving your house. You can rad more about the importance of sunscreen here!

Now you know what to buy and how to use it! I hope this post was informative and not overwhelming for you 🙂 If you have any questions just drop a comment below!

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Don’t Forget The Toner!

Yay it’s the weekend!

Toner is one of those skincare products that causes a little confusion and a bad rep when you first start to build your basic skin care kit. When I say confusion I mean that there are some people who don’t think toners are necessary for lots of different reasons such as they’ve heard that toners are bad for your skin, they think it’s just fancy water, or they just don’t know what it does so they don’t use it. Well I’m here today to let you know what toner is and what it does for your skin and why it should be a part of your skincare routine.

What is toner?

Toner is a kind of watery lotion for the skin used after cleansing and before moisturising. It is used to restore the PH balance to the skin after cleansing. Nowadays because there are PH balanced cleaners on the market, toners have been upgraded to give extra nutrients to the skin and to help smooth and refresh the skin. There are three kinds of toners; astringents, tonics, and water based alcohol-free toners.

Astringent toners are the harshest on the skin because of the high alcohol content. Astringents like witch hazel shrinks and constricts the skin, so people with oily and blemish prone skin use it to get rid of excess oil and shrink pores. A lot of skin gurus and dermatologists suggest avoiding alcohol based toners because it is too harsh on the skin and and it has no other benefits other than drying out your face. I’ve used astringents when I was in my teens dealing with pimples and it would always dry out my skin too much.

Tonics are a little less harsh than astringents but still contain some alcohol. It usually has some kind of fragrance to make your skin feel like it being refreshed but it doesn’t do much other than that. Also, I hate putting overly perfumed skin stuff on my face because it can irritate my skin. Basically, these kinds of toners are perfumed water for your face. No, thank you.

Last but not least, there are the water based alcohol-free toners which I use  after every face wash. These toners are the gentlest on your skin and helps retain moisture on your face because of humectant ingredients. Toners like these don’t pull on your skin like astringents. It balances the skin and preps your skin for your moisturiser. I really think that poorly formulated and harsh toners like the ones I mentioned before misinform the benefits of using a toner for your face.

My toner 🙂
I am currently using Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Clarifying Toner that I bought at an Olive Young in Korea for about 26,000KRW. It’s not your average toner, it has humectants and sufactants to keep your skin perfect-ant… hahaha! Any who, this is an alcohol-free toner and has three key ingredients APG-Complex, Gluco-Glycerol, and Hyaluronic Acid. The APG-complex is a mild surfactant that cleans the skin of any leftover residue from initial cleansing. Gluco-glycerol stimulates your skins water control and the Hyaluronic Acid retain the moisture in the skin. I use a cotton pad to gently wipe and apply the toner to my face. It’s a really great toner and I would recommend it to anyone who is in need of a toner makeover.