Is Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX Worth to Buy?

  
I first reviewed the original Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum in Female Daily website, you can read the article here. It’s among the very few first booster/first essence/serum that I’ve tried and love, along with SK-II First Treatment Essence and Menard Beauness.

The original one though an effective first essence, especially for those with acnaic and normal to oily skin, it’s not hydrating enough for my skin. It’s great for acnaic skin because it helps to bring your problem to surface and clear out skin. It also balances your skin nicely if you have oily skin.

However, this reformulated version of Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX has all the benefit of the original one. Still great in texture, seeps into the skin fine, but with the addition of being more hydrating! It’s almost on par with SK-II FTE in terms of hydration and a little below Menard Beauness. It’s still works great on unbalanced skin. Great to boost the performance of your skincare.

Other than how it feels hydrating, the texture and finish as well as other aspects of this booster that I love still remain the same. So the original review that I wrote for Female Daily still stands.

Here’s a short wrap up.

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Is Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX Worth to Buy?

Antipodes Apostle for Radiant Glowing Skin

I’ve been a huge fan of Antipodes skincare ever since I tried their Divine Face Oil. Overall, the brand is a legit natural skincare line that isn’t just a marketing BS, the price point isn’t as expensive as American organic/natural skincare brands, ingredients are solid, most products that I’ve tried deliver good to great result and most have the most wonderful scent. The only exception is the Joyous serum, which smell really fishy. I suspect it’s from the rosehip oil.

I’ve been delaying trying the Antipodes Apostle serum for quite sometime because I was already quite smitten with their Worship serum. I was afraid that this will disappoint me.

  
My conclusion:

  1. If you’re looking for serum to lighten your skin or PIH/hyperpigmentation, this serum isn’t for you!
  2. But if you’re looking for serum that helps to give that radiant and glow back to your skin, than you might love this.

What is it for? (from the website)

The revolutionary antioxidant Vinanza Grape & Kiwi helps minimise the appearance of facial redness. Exfoliating enzymes from the superfruit kiwifruit and anti-inflammatory Vinanza Oxifend from pinot noir grapes leave skin gloriously glowing. Meanwhile, mamaku black fern and Reishi mushroom of immortality boost healthy cell renewal for true, fresh-faced beauty.

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Antipodes Apostle for Radiant Glowing Skin

Tried & Tested: ULTIMA II ProCollagen range

My current skincare routine is not exciting at all because I’m in a path of using Retinoic Acid as prescribed by the dermatologist. So there’s not much active ingredients that I can include within my #deszellskincarearsenal. However, when you’re in Retinoic Acid journey, sometimes that’s killing me is the dehydration and the texture of the skin that feels worst before it gets better. Especially that I’m currently fasting, the dryness and dehydration are severe.


So when I received this ULTIMA II ProCollagen range, I was welcoming them with open arms. I have such high hopes looking at the ingredients alone. But first thing first, what does this range do? It targets four early signs of ageing (or ageing in that matter) that are wrinkles, lost of elasticity, dullness and roughness.

There are several stellar ingredients list here but nothing too “strong”, for lack of better word to explain, but it’s also effective.

  1. Hydroxyproline is known for its skin-conditioning properties and often found in collagen and elastin. Collagen helps the building block of our skin to keep it looking youthful, smooth and doesn’t collapse.
    Skin will look more elastic and enhanced in terms of texture. It’s also known as a great cell-communicating ingredients, which as the skin age the cells within the skin decrease in its ability to communicate with one another. It’s what you want your anti ageing ingredient to do.
  2. Sodium Hyaluronate which add and maintain hydration and hence enhance the look of the skin to be less dull and rough.
  3. Witch hazel and Willow Bark that smoothen and tighten overall look of the skin.
  4. Horse Chestnut Seed is high in Saponins, Flavonoids and Fatty Oil that alltogether will nourish the skin.

I have with me two products from the range which are ULTIMA II ProCollagen Extrema Face & Neck and ProCollagen Extrema Day Lotion SPF 30 PA+++

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Tried & Tested: ULTIMA II ProCollagen range

Eyebrow Products That I’m Currently Using

 

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I ended up with these many pencils because I was playing with colours. I used to settle with dark brown or black, but eversince I coloured my hair, I need a lighter shade.
When picking an eyebrow product, I tend to pick one that is closer to my hair colour and I try to avoid those that have redish tone. I can look pretty scary with redish tone eyebrow. I need something that will stay the whole day, preferably waterproof and smudge proof, I also love if it’s waxy.

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Eyebrow Products That I’m Currently Using

Holy Grail: Ellen Lange Accelerating Pads

I would have not known Ellen Lange peel range if it isn’t because of the good people of Ellen Lange that reach out to me. After scouring their website, I agreed for them to send me the whole set of the peel kit. It looks legit and solid range. Today, I’m thankful that they did reach out to me, because I get to discover a great range. With that said, I want to open this review by saying that this is another holy grail product of mine. It’s been one holy grail product after another lately, but catching up with posts should started with holy grail kind of products.

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What is it? Ellen Lange Peel Accelerating Pads, 60 discs inside the tub.

This is actually part of a peel kit which consists of:

  1. Peel Prep (2 oz.) an enzyme scrub
  2. Peel Accelerator Pads (60 pads) pre-moistened glycolic peel pads
  3. Glycolic Peel Solution (1.5 oz.) the original peel kit solution
  4. Fan brush and dispensing cup

The whole set cost USD 85. I will probably review the whole set sometime in the future.

How do I use it? As an acid toner, after I double cleansed. I usually use this at night because I feel this is one of those acid toners that seriously packed a punch.

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Holy Grail: Ellen Lange Accelerating Pads

Holy Grail: Su:m 37 Melting Cleansing Balm

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the brand Su:m 37. You give me anything from this brand and I will love it wholeheartedly. It’s much like my blind love toward Menard. Alas, I will try to give you my objective review regarding this cleansing balm. Although, it’s hard to so with that pretty pear-shaped packaging. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. There are times that I’m willingly part with my hard-earned money just because a certain product came with pretty packaging.

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So what is it? It’s a solid balm cleanser that will melt into oil once it come into contact with the warmth of your skin. Very easy to scoop out, it’s almost buttery. I think this is the kind of cleanser which is perfect for everyone.

The packaging: As you can see the pretty frosted glass pear-shaped packaging. There’s a spatula that you can put on top of the lid and it will sort of glued there magnetically. Which makes the whole experience of popping it back into the lid a wonderful one.

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Holy Grail: Su:m 37 Melting Cleansing Balm

Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream: A Moisturiser That Will Give Your Skin a Healthy Vital Glow

It’s been a while since I used any product from Kiehl’s. I used to be obsessed with their product because it’s easy to get a sample before you purchase their product so you can test whether you’re going to love their product or not. Apparently, many of the product that I sampled turn into purchases. I especially love their toners and eye creams.

So when I heard that Kiehl’s is coming out with a new moisturiser with Ginseng and Manuka Honey as main ingredients and promises in giving your skin its vital glow back? I’m really curious. It’s time to rekindle my love with Kiehl’s.

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What is it? It’s a moisturiser, that you apply last on your skincare routine after anything else. Whether you only use the basic skincare routine of cleansing, toning and moisturize or you’re the kind of girl that do the whole 10-step skincare routine. It goes at the very last.

When do I use it? I’ve been using it for both day and night. Day time underneath my sunscreen and night time over the oil (yes, I’m using both oil and moisturiser because my skin is that dry!).

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Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream: A Moisturiser That Will Give Your Skin a Healthy Vital Glow