Archive of ‘Skin, Hair & Body Care Product Reviews’ category


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

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…



I feel like doing a drum roll as I introduce this product. I bought this during a 30% sale at the time, which was a good deal, by the way. I have since learned to wait till sale time to buy from Missha because the price can drop quite a bit! Anyway, there was a time I would not consider using snail slime on my face; but after reading so many great reviews about snail creams and products, I decided to give it a try. Read more…



I bought this mask at the Missha flagship store at Pacific Mall, which, ironically, did not provide English list of ingredients on the product like the ones I bought online from This is an interesting mask because it contains 4 ‘melting’ ampoule films to be placed under the eyes and on the nasolabial folds (‘laugh lines’) in addition to a ‘4D’ mask. I said ‘interesting’ because Missha’s idea of 4D is a hard seam right in the middle of the mask, and also, the mask contains two holes on the side for you to put on your ears. If you think it sounded uncomfortable, it was intentional, because it was uncomfortable. I also experienced this with a 3D mask by The Face Shop (but without the ear holes). It’s a great idea in concept, but I personally find it rather inconvenient as I put my mask on and felt incessant and constant dripping of the essence from the side of my neck… Read more…

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