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Shirojyun Premium Whitening Lotion Light

calming and works great at lightening acne marks

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This lotion/toner contains Tranexamic Acid as its main ingredient, which is known for lightening and fading hyperpigmentation. Other beneficial ingredients are Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (a Vitamin C derivative), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Hyaluronate, and Glycerin. Texture is watery but it can be tacky if you use or layer too much. There's a faint smell to it but I'm not sure what exactly that is. I'm just that bad at figuring out scent. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™ƒ โ–ถ๏ธ My Experience I like to use this right after cleansing, usually in the evening, sometimes both AM and PM, so it could have the first contact on my skin and for deeper penetration. I usually do two layers, let it get absorbed for a few seconds, then continue with the rest of my routine. I never had any skin issues while using it. It actually helps with my redness, and that's a plus point for me. I've noticed that my PIH, which is mostly the main issue on my face, have quite lightened. I've got a quarter more left in the bottle, and I don't think a one whole bottle will help me fade my spots totally as I have these spots for quite a while now. But the new dark marks from healed pimples have really faded away in just a short matter of time. Tried to pair it with arbutin and niacinamide serums, works perfectly fine. Used it also along with BHA and PHA, all good for me. To add one more thing, this provides a good amount of hydration and moisture to my skin. In a humid weather like the Philippines, this and a moisturizer, plus a sunscreen for AM is just enough for me to get through the day without the feeling of dehydration.

Shirojyun Premium Whitening Lotion Light

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Shirojyun Premium Whitening Lotion Light

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Yuja Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask

best yuja product I've tried

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Smells yuja like yummy! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‹ The scent relaxes me. Texture is creamy yet runny like water cream or gel cream, light yellowish with occlusivity to it. Absorbs quickly with a little bit of shine but not tacky. โ–ถ๏ธ My Experience Been using this on and off for the past two months, just recently I have decided to use it every other night (in alternate with my exfoliation day and regular routine), and I am loving it! I don't use any serums with this. It's a very concentrated cream with a lot of brightening and lightening ingredients that I want it to have contact with my skin the closest possible to see how effective it really is. The routine - hydrating toner โฉโ˜๐Ÿปthis cream โฉ any ordinary thicker moisturizer without any actives With this amount of time I was using it, I have noticed that my skin complexion has became more even and my acne spots have lightened. If I compare it with my niacinamide serum, this one provides faster visible results. There was also instant brightening effect right after I applied it. I tried to use it every night, but I felt like my skin was becoming raw and I'm afraid it'd get sensitized so I'd rather use it 2 to 3 times a week. So far, it didn't cause any irritations or breakouts, not even small bumps on the skin. Lastly, I did not experience any purging at all.

Yuja Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask

Some By Mi
Yuja Niacin 30 Days Miracle Brightening Sleeping Mask

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Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Toner

nothing too special about it

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โ–ถ๏ธ Two key ingredients in this toner are black snail secretion and Truecicaโ„ข, an exclusive trademark by Some By Mi for this toner's calming care formulation of Teatree, Centella Asiatica and Mugwort. Other notable ingredients are Niacinamide, Licorice Root Extract, Arbutin, and Glutathione, which are good sources of antioxidants and provides brightening and lightening benefits. It claims to protect the skin from external stimuli and stress, as well as to strengthen skin barrier. It has a watery texture but not as runny as your regular water, and it leaves a dewy kinda matte finish. Scent is not strong and does not linger for too long. โ–ถ๏ธ My Experience This toner is a bit complicated to layer with other products. It bubbles depending on the products I layer it with. So, I just use it with a cotton pad, first for wipe off then apply a layer or two using my hands. Let it fully absorbed before I apply my essence, then serum, finally a moisturizer. Insert "sunscreen" for AM. And it did work better that way for me. I didn't experience any redness, irritation, nor breakouts from using this toner. Although it kinda stings my eyes around midday, when my skin starts to get all oily. And there were less to none brightening or lightening effects on my skin at all. There is a little bit of hydration to this and it gives that soft to touch feel onto my skin. One thing that's very important to note is that it kinda helped with my acne scars. I don't have much but I've noticed that this one particular acne scar that I have on the lower part of my cheek has improved. I will continue to use it to see if it will really help with acne scarring in the long run. I may post before and after photos to let you guys see and compare just in case.

Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Toner

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Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Toner

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Goku-jyun Premium Milk

best Hyaluronic Product

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The product that has changed my mind about Hyaluronic Acid. Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Milk has ๐™›๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ฎ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ƒ๐˜ผ. Some beneficial ingredients are ๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ž๐™ฃ, ๐™Ž๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™š, ๐™‚๐™ก๐™ฎ๐™˜๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ, and ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ ๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ. It ๐™˜๐™ก๐™–๐™ž๐™ข๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ช๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ.. It has a ๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š with a slip and a little occlusivity to it. Oily skin peeps could probably use this as their main squeeze for pm during the hotter months. Leaves a shiny film and can get oily and sticky if applied too much. There is ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™˜๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ to this at all. โ–ถ๏ธ My Experience Four words... ๐€๐Œ๐€๐™๐ˆ๐๐†๐‹๐˜ ๐‡๐˜๐ƒ๐‘๐€๐“๐ˆ๐๐† ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐Ž๐”๐‘๐ˆ๐’๐‡๐ˆ๐๐†โฃ๏ธ This milk slash emulsion slash lotion is just that ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป! I only use it in my PM routine and gives me great results every time. I apply it after my serum and before my moisturizer. Always ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ช๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง, ๐™๐™ฎ๐™™๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™๐™ฎ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™จ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ. I used to have dry patches on my outer cheeks and no matter how I hydrate my skin, they just never go away. My skin could also get all flaky from over exfoliation. And this product helped my routine to ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™ฎ๐™™๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ my skin needed. With continued use, those ๐™™๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™›๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š. I could say that this product ๐™™๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™ก๐™–๐™ž๐™ข๐™จ. Of course, I still layer up with my hydration and it helps my skin from losing that hydration. All praises to this product because there's just nothing bad about it that I could say. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ It just worked for meโฃ๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚

Goku-jyun Premium Milk

Hada Labo
Goku-jyun Premium Milk

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Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion (Light)

a great choice for arbutin product

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It contains Arbutin, an ingredient that has natural whitening properties to fade and fight dark spots. Other beneficial ingredients include Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (a Vitamin-C derivative), Sodium Hyaluronate, and Glycerin. Texture is watery with little hydration and moisture, and nearly no scent at all. โ–ถ๏ธ ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž I used this only in the evening alongside with hydrating and calming products. I usually do two to three layers right after cleansing. Pat everything in, then I carry on with the rest of my routine. Used this continously for a month, and I should say, it did a great job. I have stubborn dark marks that never seeemed to go away and this toner helped at lightening them. They're still visible but less noticeable. It didn't help with redness though. It has also provided a little bit of hydration and moisture that I didn't need to layer much of my hydrating toners. There were no purging and irritation whatsoever. I also did try to apply this right after my PHA toner, everything went well, no negative reaction at all. It is said that you could actually apply this alongside Vitamin C (LAA) to boost its benefits. I don't even consider doing that as my skin goes crazy with Vitamin C.

Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion (Light)

Hada Labo
Shirojyun Arbutin Whitening Lotion (Light)

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ACNE Toner

a simple product that works even for sensitive skin

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โ–ถ๏ธ ๐€๐๐Ž๐”๐“ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐๐‘๐Ž๐ƒ๐”๐‚๐“ It comes in a 150ml white plastic bottle with a pinhole dispenser. PAO expiry is 12 months. Key ingredients include ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™š๐™ง ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™€๐™ญ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ, ๐™’๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™ง๐™  ๐™€๐™ญ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ, ๐™‰๐™ž๐™–๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™™๐™š, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™™๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ž๐™™๐™š. This toner is supposed to ๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ฅ ๐™›๐™–๐™™๐™š ๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™ข๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™š๐™จ, ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™š๐™จ, ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™– ๐™˜๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™ง ๐™จ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ. Texture is clear, watery and sinks in instantly. And there's no scent to this at all. #fragrancefree โ–ถ๏ธ ๐Œ๐˜ ๐„๐—๐๐„๐‘๐ˆ๐„๐๐‚๐„ I use this toner both in AM and PM except when I do my exfoliation night. I pour a generous amount on a cotton pad and gently wipe my face. It could be drying, so never try to layer, and I would always follow-up with a hydrating toner/essence. It also plays well with any other products in my routine. Not only it did help with my breakouts but also provided the mildest exfoliation I wanted. The results were visible in just a short period of time. My pimples dried up faster and the irritating itch was gone after a few minutes of use. I also noticed that my skin texture has became smoother and acne marks are fading overtime. The small bumps that I usually get on my forehead during summer when I use over-nourishing toner/essence were gone. Sometimes, I use it as a spot treatment. I'd take a cotton pad, cut a small portion, pour the toner, put it on the pimple for about three to five minutes, I'd noticed the redness has then subsided and it's not that angry anymore. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

ACNE Toner

Pyunkang Yul
ACNE Toner

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Peptide Recovery Cream

a great plumping moisturizer

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Ogana Cell Peptide Recovery Cream has 10 identical components as the skin. These components are supposed to help in improving wrinkles, skin elasticity, acne scars, to brighten and smooth skin complexion, balance out moisture, and to promote collagen generation for a younger looking skin. There are six different kinds of Peptides in it. Other substancial ingredients include Allantoin, Madecassoside, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ceramide NP. It also has centella asiatica extract and asiaticoside for antioxidant benefits. โœจ Texture Thick with elegant smooth texture that glides perfectly onto the skin for better application. Sinks in pretty fast with a touch of occlusivity and dries down with a semi-matte finish. โœจ My Experience I have combination, sensitive, and acne prone skin. Regardless, I love using thick moisturizers in the evening to prevent dehydration. I don't rely too much on oils as they can cause flare ups if I have existing acne. This one is just the kind of moisturizer I am wanting for so long. It targets a lot of my skin concerns and it's not disappointing me so far. I've been using this mostly at night for almost a month now, and I really did notice a lot of differences when it comes to my skin texture and the look of my under eye fine lines. Yes, this is advisable to be used on the eye area. It also helps with the lightening of my acne marks, which I'm prone to whenever a pimple dries up, and the acne scars have improved. And my skin looks even more healthy and supple than ever before. It may have fragrance (last on INCI list), but it never irritated my skin. The ingredients and the formulation of this cream are just working perfectly together. It may be early to say, but I think I haven't used any moisturizer before that does this much for my skin.

Peptide Recovery Cream

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Peptide Recovery Cream

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Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence

works as it's intended, but no ast hydrating

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Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence offers both radiance and moisture. It's meant for people with dry and flaky skin. Bamboo water is used instead of water to boost skin hydration. It also contains 5% niacinamide (has anti-aging, skin lightening, anti-inflammatory and barrier repair properties), and 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, which is a stable form of Vitamin C, that is good at skin brightening , a good source of antioxidant, and has anti-inflammatory and collagen boosting abilities. ๐Ÿ”˜ Claims - Provides long-lasting hydration. Brightens and evens out skin tone after 4 weeks of consistent use, day and night usage. ๐Ÿ”˜ Texture - Transparent, watery with a bit of slip and body to it - Absorbs into the skin quickly without any tacky feeling - Easy to layer and does not pill ๐Ÿ”˜ My Experience - Been using this for almost five weeks now, and I could say that it did help brightened and lightened my sunspots and PIH. The pigments are not that obvious anymore unless you look really closely. ๐Ÿ˜† I could tell the difference how my skin complexion has became more radiant now. It has also controlled my sebum production as my T-zone is not that oily around midday. There was little hydration to this. Maybe because I didn't use a lot in every application. I only dispensed around a third-full of the dropper, which was just more than enough for my face. I never experienced any irritation or purging while using this. So overall, I liked it. The formulation worked just fine for my skin.

Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence

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Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence

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Fundamental Watery Oil Drop

a great serum for combination to dry skin types

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I was amazed with this product just by looking at the ingredients list. Beneficial ingredients include green tea leaf extract, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, arginine, ceramide NP, tocopheryl acetate (a vitamin e derivative), acetyl hexapeptide-8, and the ever A-list copper tripeptide-1. This product is a ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐’”๐’๐’–๐’“๐’„๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’™๐’Š๐’…๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’”, ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’” ๐’”๐’Œ๐’Š๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’“๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’“, ๐’”๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’Œ๐’Š๐’, ๐’‰๐’š๐’…๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’๐’–๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’‰๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’Œ๐’Š๐’, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’” ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’˜๐’†๐’๐’-๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’๐’†๐’‡๐’Š๐’•๐’”. Texture is watery with a little body to it. Absorbs rather quickly with no tackiness at all. There's little to no scent to this. โ–ถ๏ธ ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž With the change in weather, my skin has became more sensitized and felt like it was getting all red and irritated with just anything. It may be humid outdoors, but indoors is overdrying my skin especially when ac is on, and that's when my skin starts to act. I use this serum both in my AM and PM routines. Not only it provides hydration and moisture, my skin has became less sensitive and raw. It makes my skin looks bouncy and dewy too. I also noticed that my skin texture has improved. I feel like my skin has somewhat recovered in three weeks of use and I will continue to use it until the last drop. The claims are on-point and it did really help my skin bounce back to its healthier state and it will be a staple in my skincare go-tos when my skin is acting up again.

Fundamental Watery Oil Drop

Dear, Klairs
Fundamental Watery Oil Drop

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AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum

the best aha bha pha product

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๐ŸŸข Claims - This serum has high concentration of tea tree leaf water and centella asiatica that help sooth and calm irritated and damaged skin. It's supposed to shrink pores, exfoliate dead skin cells, and clarify pores by removing impurities and excess sebum. In total, there are 41 plants extracts in this serum, that claim to promote healthier and clearer skin. ๐ŸŸข Texture - It has two layers, oil and water. You need to shake it well so the two mix together before applying onto the skin. ๐ŸŸข My Experience I am in love with this serum. This was my first ever serum. Used this only in the evening (after toning), every other day or every after two days, depending on my skin condition. I only need half-full of the dropper for my entire face. It may have oils, but it absorbs beautifully with a hint of glow on your face. Follow up with a lotion, then finish with a thicker moisturizer. I didn't experience any purging at all. There was no irritation as well. My skin has became more calm and I did notice that my dark spots have lightened. I didn't breakout that easilly anymore. I would sometimes use it as a spot treatment. After a few minutes the redness and itch from the acne would subside. And the next morning, either it may have dried up or gotten smaller. Oh yes, it does provide moisture too. It is really that miraculous? ๐Ÿ˜… I don't think so, but with continued use, my skin has became noticeably clearer, brighter, and decongested. It is said that you could actually use this every day or every night, and if that's the case, then maybe it'll give you faster visible results.

AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum

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AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum

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