Review: Mizon Skin Power Original First Essence

Ever since SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence grew in popularity, several Asian companies came out with their own  – and much cheaper – versions.

Mizon Skin Power Original First Essence

Mizon Skin Power Original First Essence is Mizon’s interpretation of SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence, and I got it on a whim because I found it on sale and I’ve always been curious about trying a fermentation essence.

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Review: The Face Shop Sebum Control Moisture Sun

The Face Shop sebum control sun

The last time I was living in Japan (yikes, already almost 10 years ago!), I tried several different sunscreens, and I remember being really impressed with them.  Even 10 years ago, Japan was more advanced than what we have in the US today.  The Face Shop Sebum Control Moisture Sun was the first time I used a Korean sunscreen, and it did not disappoint!  And it also confirmed to me that Asian companies just understand how sunscreens are supposed to work and feel on the skin.

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Updated Review: Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream

In a previous post, I reviewed Nature Republic’s Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream.  You can read my original post here, where I went into detail about the feel and moisturizing effect of this cream. Overall, while I liked the cream as a day moisturizer, I wasn’t really sure how beneficial the ingredients were, so ultimately I gave this moisturizer an 8/10, but I only gave the ingredients 7/10.

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream

Well, on a particularly boring evening, I decided to actually do some research on the dozens of different extracts in this moisturizer, and I am now pleasantly surprised with what I found!  Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream is actually filled with antioxidants and soothing ingredients, some have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine.  I realized that I needed to update my original review and give this moisturizer a new grade.  So the following is an expansion on my original review, with more details on the ingredients.

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Review: Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule

In a previous post, I gushed about my first Korean skincare *love*: Mizon’s All in One Snail Repair Cream.  While this cream worked great for me, I was a little concerned about several acne-inducing ingredients in it, so I decided to switch to Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule.

Mizon snail repair intensive ampoule

Unfortunately, even after using this ampoule for about a month, I didn’t get the same dramatic, visible results, so I made the switch back to my beloved All in One Snail Repair Cream!

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Review: Mizon Returning Starfish Cream

Mizon Returning Starfish Cream

I love the name of this cream because it reminds me of the wonderfully weird and funny Japlish terms on so many Japanese products.  I’m sure a lot of products in Korea have the same!  Cute name aside, this is a serious moisturizing cream in probably the most beautiful packaging I’ve ever had the pleasure to use.  Mizon Returning Starfish Cream is also another example of the amazing quality of Mizon’s products, and why I am now a loyal Mizon user!

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Review: Tarte Maracuja Oil – and a little lesson on face oils for acne prone skin!

Oh, Maracuja Oil, how I love thee! Let me count the ways…Tarte Maracuja Oil

So there are already a lot of reviews out there on Tarte’s Maracuja Oil, but I just want to use this opportunity to gush about the fact that this face oil is ama~~~zing for acne-prone and sensitive skin!  So if you’re like me and suffer from skin full of extremes (dryness, rosacea, oiliness and cystic acne) read on about how Tarte Maracuja Oil (aka Passionfruit Oil) is now a crucial part of my daily skincare regime and get yourself some asap!

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