Innisfree Mineral Highlighter #9 (Pink Cotton Candy)

Product Review: Innisfree Mineral Highlighter #9 (Pink Cotton Candy)

I love highlighters! But a lot of times I find some of them too glittery like a disco ball exploded (ahem, many ‘powder balls’ tend to be that way). I just used up the Missha powder balls (which were good but I can no longer find them on the website), and I want something that’s not stark white, preferably pink because it’s flattering on light skin. Enter Innisfree Mineral Highlighter, just under USD$9 on It’s pink, it’s mineral, and it’s exactly what I was looking for. Read more…

Holika Holika Nabi Cream Vitality, 50g, US$11

Product Review: Holika Holika Nabi Cream Vitality (Pink) SPF25 PA++

Holika Holika is Enprani’s youth brand and most of the products are designed for the 18-25 age group. I used to sell Enprani and was fond of the products, so I had some expectations when I tried this.

Holika Holika has stores in Toronto (at Pacific Mall, and also Queen Street West), but the prices are jacked up at least 50% from their retail prices in Korea. The Nabi Cream, for example, is CAD$24 but I bought mine from for just US$11 (including shipping). I have tested the Nabi Cream at the store, and the texture was what I was looking for – it’s thick, kind of like the Dr. Jart BB Cream texture (balmy, not milky), but when I received it in the mail I felt that it was not really what I wanted after all. Read more…

Laneige Time Freeze Wrinkle Filler

Product Review: Laneige Time Freeze Wrinkle Filler

I have a sample tube of Laneige Time Freeze Wrinkle Filler when I purchased the IOPE Air Cushion XP, and though Laneige is for the younger group, I was pleasantly surprised by the efficacy of this ‘wrinkle filler’. For the past 6+ months, I have been using Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer and Olay Regenerist Fill + Seal Wrinkle Treatment, both were actually very good at what they do with my forehead fine lines caused by dehydration. On photos, they do not show at all. I have been using the Olay one more consistently, and even though it is supposed to have long term benefits, it is still, in my opinion, just a temporary optical kind of product.  Read more…

OST C 20 Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum, 30ml, US$16.99 at

Product Review: OST C 20 Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum

Vitamin C is one of the must-have ingredients for anti-aging and ‘whitening’, and the serums can be very costly. I was glad I found this 20% concentration serum at, at just US$16.99 for 30ml(!). It’s made in Korea from a brand that I was not familiar with, but the product is packaged right – tinted glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. Also, it’s fragrance free! :) Read more…

Skin Food Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher

Product Review: SkinFood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher in 02 Milky Rose

Cream blush in pink is what I read in Japanese magazines best for ladies in their 30s and up to look youthful. Gone is the powdery finishes – those make your skin look dry and hence older. I have been transitioning towards dewy finishes for my base makeup for quite some time now, and optically it works better, with more youthful looking skin than the matte, powdery look. :) Read more…

Mizon HYALURONIC ACID 100 30ml, US$16.98 at

Product Review: Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 (30ml)

I have dehydrated skin and the fine lines on my forehead are from dehydration rather than wrinkles, and for the longest time I cannot seem to get rid of them. I have tried heavy duty moisturizers, serums, ampoules, etc., to no avail. I use a wrinkle filler from Smashbox and Olay Regenerist on a daily basis, which actually helped and my lines don’t show, but those are cosmetic rather than long lasting.

I have read many reviews about REN Keep Young And Beautiful™ Instant Firming Beauty Shot, which retails at US$54 (add another $10+ in Canadian dollars!) which seemed to work for a lot of people with similar problems. I even went to Sephora and tested it on the back of my hand. It’s a very viscous, clear, gel like serum that seems to temporarily fill the lines by plumping them, but the results are not really that long lasting (even from good reviews); you need to reapply. And of course, the ingredients are basically a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid, which is in a lot of skincare already. So I decided to buy a hyaluronic acid serum to add to my routine and see what happens! Read more…

Product Review: IOPE Air Cushion XP in C21

Product Review: IOPE Air Cushion XP SPF50

Honestly, for the past 5 months, I have not used anything truly worth writing home about…which is partially why I haven’t posted. I have veered off the Korean/Japanese brands and mostly bought from Sephora for the occasional makeup items. Or just cheap seasonal shades. Not even worth the time to post about. But I am so glad I finally have a reason to post…I know I am a bit late in the game but was I glad to have finally tried the much revered IOPE Air Cushion XP! Read more…

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…


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…

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