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


Product Review: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Tired of all the perfumes, colorants and alcohol found in most Korean skincare? I am glad there are options! My skin, which is sensitive, dry and dehydrated, can no longer tolerate these additives — especially alcohol, which tends to burn my skin — so it is a nice relief and surprise to finally find a Korean skincare brand that does not use the bad stuff in its formulation. 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…

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…

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