Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer, 0.75oz., US$32

Product Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer

I bought the Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer at an outlet, which knocked about $10 off the retail price here in Canada. This is a product I use for smoothing the fine lines on my forehead, since I have no luck whatsoever with any skincare products to lessen their appearance. The full retail price is US$32/CAD$38, and you are getting about 21g of product, which is not cheap. Well, I don’t mind it as long as it does what it claims to do! Read more…

Holika Holika Jewel Light Under Eye Maker

Product Review: Holika Holika Jewel-Light Under Eye Maker 01 Plumping White

Holika Holika is another Korean cosmetic brand that has opened a flagship store at Pacific Mall. It’s catered to the younger group, as evident in its packaging.

While I saw this product going for CAD$18.50 (also available on their Canadian official website), I bought this for US$8 on eBay from a Korean seller. From what I could see, most of the Holika Holika products are available in Korea for half the price so it doesn’t give much incentive to shop locally! Read more…

Anna Sui Holiday Sweets Collection 01, CAD$39.00

Product Review: Anna Sui Holiday Sweets Collection 01(Espresso)

I saw Anna Sui just before the holidays before she launched this collection right here in Canada! I have been a fan of her designs for a long time, and seeing her in person was pretty amazing. Anyway, I had my eye on this set when I first saw it on its Japanese official website, and at the time, ichibankao was selling it for US$78!!! Thank goodness it’s only half of that in Canada! Read more…

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Product Review: IOPE Retinol TX Intensive

This is IOPE’s star product, and not my first time using it, though it’s my first time using the full size product. To give you a bit of background, I have started to have dehydration fine lines on my forehead, and nothing seems to work. Unfortunately, the Amore stores here (Toronto and GTA) no longer carries this product, so I had to buy it online (ebay) at US$69 from a Korean seller. I have inquired at Koreatown why this is no longer available…the Korean staff at The Amore said something about Canada not letting certain products which are medical into the country without a lot of paperwork. Anyhow, I did see the eye cream now being available at First Markham Place, but not the one for the face.
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IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning, 150ml, CAD$65 (plus taxes)

Product Review: IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning

It almost as if IOPE and Estee Lauder both entered the competition with SKII at the same time, for the latter’s Facial Treatment Essence market! SKII is still, by far, the most expensive, retailing at US$165 for 150ml, while Estee Lauder’s Micro Essence retails at US$95/CAD$105. In comparison, IOPE’s version sells for only CAD$65 (plus taxes) in Canada. Let’s see how IOPE fares against SKII! Read more…

Tonymoly Intense Care Snail Skin, 75ml

Product Review: Tonymoly Intense Repair Live Snail Skin

This is half of a full size bottle of toner from Tonymoly’s Intense Repair Live Snail series, with snail slime concentration at 45% (compared to the cream and eye cream at 70%). It was a bonus with my purchase of the cream gift set, so I can’t complain. It’s a gel-type toner that’s thicker than your usual water-like toner from many Japanese brands. It is in a 5-free formula and though there is no added fragrance, it smells rather like citrus, like the rest of the line. Read more…

The Face Shop Babyface Hydrogel Mask Collagen

Product Review: The Face Shop Babyface Hydrogel Mask Collagen

This is twice the price of the Real Nature Mask Sheets The Face Shop offers. At 25g, this contains about the same amount of essence as in the Real Nature Mask Sheet, but because the mask itself is a silicone-like mask, it felt heavier. It is a bit deceptive, however. With a silicone mask, it’s not easy to tell how much liquid is in the mask, and the skin cooling hydrogel mask can fool you into thinking it’s hydrating. Read more…

The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Sheet Honey

Product Review: The Face Shop Real Nature Mask Sheet Honey

This is one of The Face Shop’s many traditional cotton sheet masks in many different scents and featured ingredients. It costs about CAD$2 (they have specials sometimes, 10 for $10 or with free masks), and each contains 23 G /0.8 OZ of essence, noticeably less than their more expensive masks which contain 30ml or more essence in each mask.  Read more…

The History of Whoo Ja Saeng Essence Gift Set

Product Review: The History of Whoo Bichup Ja Saeng Essence Gift Set

The History of Whoo’s Jinyul line is created for women 40 years and up, and is a nourishing line perfectly suited for more mature, dry skin (which lacks oil as skin ages). I am not yet in this age range, although my skin is very dehydrated. Knock on wood, I don’t have any sagging skin or loss of firmness yet, but my skin is definitely getting drier especially during the harsh winter in Canada. Read more…

Kose CLEAR TURN Eye Zone Mask, 64pc (40ml), US$15.5 at Adambeauty.com

Product Review: Kose Cosmeport Clear Turn Eye Zone Mask

This was sent to me by a great friend of mine, along with the Lululun masks. Like Lululun, this mask pack was not individually wrapped, but housed in one package just like using wet wipes (baby wipes, etc.). It’s one of those things you either love it for being less wasteful towards the environment, or you might find it icky to expose a whole stack of sheet masks every time you open it. Anyhow, this was meant to be used up within a month (32 times, or fewer, if you use them also on your nasolabial folds). Read more…

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