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

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…

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 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…

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