Last two years were my Korean skincare craze period. I tried various Korean skincare from the dirt cheap one to a more expensive one. Two brands set the bar for me, they are Sum 37 and Hanyul. This particular post discuss the latter. Hanyul is a sister company to Sulwhasoo and Laneige. The position is somewhere between the two. If you want to dig deeper into the brand, I’ve written a little bit here. I like Sulwhasoo they have great products. But somehow my skin doesn’t 100% fit in with the brand’s product lineup. They seems to work well on mature skin or problematic oily skin. Most of them feels watery on my face but not hydrating enough. But I can still use it, just not perfect. As for Laneige, I think they’re tad too young for my skin although some of their products are everlasting like the cleansers and sleeping mask. Here are the summary of the Hanyul products that I’ve tested. Since I’ve thrown away most of my stuff, I don’t have original pictures.
1. Hanyul Optimizing Serum
There’s a full review of this product at Female Daily but the bottom line why I like this product is that it’s like an almost exact copy of Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum. It’s perfect for when I’m having my hormonal acne, helps to deal with them, but not as drying on my skin as Sulwhasoo’s.
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What is it? (from the website)
Refresh and smooth your skin with our gentle cleansing Dragon’s Blood Fix pads. Each of the 60 pads are enriched with salicylic and hyaluronic acids which deeply cleanse your pores and provide long-lasting hydration to help your skin appear plumper. The witch hazel helps reduce the appearance of imperfections, leaving your complexion looking smoother and refreshed.
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I thought joining #365inskincare would be a good idea. I posted the first one today. It’s a good idea to show how I mix my skincare to my skin need.
This is from day 1. I don’t think I’ll be able to do this everyday. At least once a week? How bout that!
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I forgot that I haven’t written a review on Sunday Riley Artemis, which is the only facial oil that I got from the brand. Firstly, let me rant about this brand. Why everything from this brand is so bloody expensive! Especially the facial oil!
Now let’s move onto the review.
Sunday Riley Artemis is a complexion balancing oil. Here’s the detail that I copied straight from Sephora website:
This highly effective face oil is balanced with super CLA from pomegranate and omega 3 from flax seed for a clean, healthy glow from within. Milk thistle seed oil, black cumin seed oil, and pink grapefruit essential oil help fight redness and signs of premature aging caused by toxins and inflammation. An essential oil complex of Australian medicinal plants, lemon ironbark, and lemon myrtle provides anti-inflammatory, purifying, and cleansing support. Skin is left smooth, fresh, and youthful-looking.
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I posted an article on daily and weekly exfoliation at Female Daily. It basically laid out all the basic theory of what, how and when of the exfoliation. Since exfoliation, in particular acid toning is the it thing among my friends and I noticed some of my followers in Instagram ask me alot about it, I thought I do a follow up post. Thanks to Lena which pointed out to me that a younger skin might only need a physical exfoliation – I’ll talk more about this below.
Some of these stuff that I talked about regarding exfoliation in general and acid toning in particular are the fruit of research, reading blog entries from various bloggers that talked intensively about skincare and ingredients such as Caroline Hirons and Skin & Tonic, and also from personal experience. In no way that this post (or any other) can be regarded as a professional opinion because I’m no dermatologist – I get paid to preach people on other stuff and it’s legit. So when I write and discuss something, I expect people to take it with a grain of salt and to make an informed decision by enriching themselves with information from various sources before they actually make a decision. Don’t worry the actual post itself is not that lengthy.
Continue reading “On Doing Acid Toning Responsibly”
I’ve changed my blog theme. I want something minimalistic with my favourite tone: black, white and grey. If my clients think it’s too plain then I shall have it myself.
Good bye old theme. So long. My favourite part of this theme is Cha’s baby picture on the banner. Oh look at those cheeks. Now she’s so skinny though she eats like no tomorrow. I’ve also changed the name of the blog to simply ‘Deszell’ as I don’t write much about Cha anymore or motherhood.
My bestfriend lives in Paris. That’s how I get my steady stream of French Pharmacy products (along with my COS and & Other Stories loot). She’s also the source of the latest what’s in, in the French Pharmacy world. I have been wanting to post a French Pharmacy best of products but I sense it’s going to be a lengthy post so I thought I’ll start with one product. My latest acquisition and I’m head over heels with it: Taaj Paris Soothing Gel.
So, what about this?
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There are many micellar water in the market but somehow the Avene one works better for my skin. I’ve used solely Avene skincare before, at first my impression was that this skincare is too blah. Nothing special too normal. But funniest thing happened. My skin is still normal too. It looks great despite the non-layering of products, no redness visible and most importantly no dryness. Eversince that I’m an Avene believer. Of course if Avene wasn’t one of my clients at FD I wouldn’t have tried simply because it looks too normal for my peculiar taste of skincare – the more complicated the better.
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Being surrounded by beauty junkie alike from FD means that I’m no short of offers to get me beauty stuff from overseas. The problem is, this makes me short on cash *gah!*. On my friend’s recent visit to Australia, she managed to get me these loot. I’m so excited of these natural goodies, which the Aussies (and extend that to the Kiwis) are known for. If the French have Pharmacy, then the Aussie have Chemist. It’s loaded with affordable skincare and mostly dominated by homegrown beauty product that is either organic or natural. They’re also serious when putting those labels. On top of that, compared to the Western Hemisphere products, the price tag is much much more reasonable.
See the description after the jump.
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Instead of writing the usual skincare arsenal, which I’ve done plenty of in Female Daily, I thought I’ll share what type products need to be in my routine.
See the list after the jump!
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