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Thank you very very much to those who took time to participate my giveaways. 

Congratulation !!! The lucky winner of the Giveaway (20-24 Nov) is txsh !!

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After I drew the giveaway winners for both my giveaways, I went out to shop the suitable gift box and got them wrapped yesterday night.

I hope my giveaways winners will like the gift box design and happy to receive the small gift though there were some wrapping flaws due to my sleep eyes, sorry.  All will be sent out via EMS shipping.

txsh, I have emailed to you. Congratulation again.

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REN, a clean bio active skin care from UK that free from skin unfriendly ingredients. My original target was Ren Rose O12 moisture defense serum, however I was into face oil at that time, I ended up buying an extra Ren product – this Omega 3 Night Repair Serum. My head must overwhelming with oils.

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The yellowish oil is very runny on skin, apparently no difference from normal kitchen oil. One pump is more than enough for my combination-normal skin. I normally warm and rub the oil serum in palms before applying to dry U-zone, neck and décolleté, then I use the remaining on oilier T-zone. Just be flexible, sometimes I avoid using it on T-zone since it caused acne very easily on the area in warm climate.

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It is fragrant but I really appreciate the fragrance because the three plant oils (wheat germ oil, camelina stativa oil and rosehip oil) in this serum are very sensitive to heat and can go rancid easily. It has very nice peachy scent, totally differ from the funny fishy odour that I got from the sample at the beauty store. I treat the fragrance as indicator of product freshness, as long as it does not smell fishy, that means this serum still in good and fresh stage. It had been placed in my bathroom for 3 months and the scent had been maintained until I brought it to trip.

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In order to have more leg room, nowadays I only take single skincare item with me on plane, which is normally L’Occitane shea butter balm that acts as lip balm, eye balm and hand balm, then I would fix the rest of skin issue with makeup in bathroom when I landed. Well, that is applicable to short-haul flight, I certainly need something that can be used for whole face & body for long-haul flight. Yes, this Ren omega 3 serum was my flight buddy during my last trip. On the departure flight, I applied this smell-good oil serum generously for my hair end, non-makeup face, lips, hands and legs. Though the oil is light but my easily dehydrated skin survived beautifully at the destination after 15hours transit-flight. Nevertheless, the scent started changing, it smelt slightly fishy due to the extreme temperature change. On the return flight, I still applied it for face & body but with lesser amount because I felt embarrassing of the slight fishy smell. I did not have other option as it was the only serum cum moisturizer that I packed for the trip.

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In summary, Omega 3 Night Repair Serum is skin saver above the air and is a nightmare when I am on the ground. It worked fine for dry climate in Europe but my breakout experience told me this serum is surely not for oily to combination skin types, eventhough I used a small amount and applied it alone as moisturizer at night, it was so “efficient” to give me several small acnes on oily zone in next morning. Strange, I have rather good experience with thicker oil such as Clarins’s and Aromatherapy Asscociates’s. Although it helps with glowing skin tone, I do not see myself re-purchase since at least 90% of the oil eventually was used on my body. I paid €59 for 50ml in Netherland, UK has the best price which is £34. Do use it within 9 months after the product opened.

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Rating: …)))     Satisfied. Will not buy again

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Ingredients:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Camelina Sativa Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Phaeodactylum Tricornotum Extract, Bisabolol, Parfum* (Fragrance), Linalool, Limonene, Tocopherol.

*100% Natural Fragrance – Parfum 100% Naturel

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This giveaway is to those who have acne-prone/acne concern

(8 pieces of Korea Leaders Clinie Mask, 6 sachets of Missha Powder Wash with Baking Powder, 2 boxes of Missha Nose Strip Patch, 2 boxes of Missha Anti-trouble patch, 2 boxes of The Face Shop Nose Pore Strip)

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Occasionally I have reader seeking my opinion about skincare for acne-prone skin. Although I had been trying my best to share with them of my limited skincare knowledge that learnt from experts and experience but, I hope I can do more for them. As I reaching to early mature age, I have minor breakout once in a while and not having acne-prone skin basically, hence I don’t have many experience in this area. However, I can totally understand how destructive of acne done to skin appearance as I also have several tiny pitted acne scars left on cheeks due to improper care in young age. Therefore, I had ordered some acne care stuff from Korea, they generally received quite a good reviews in Korea.

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Rule to enter this giveaway

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–   Just leave a comment in this post. Done.  –

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* Open to all readers *

* You can submit more than one comment to increase your winning chance, no limit  *

* Giveaway will be closed on  24th Nov 2011,  12pm   GMT+7 *

* Winner will be selected via random drawing by random.org *

* One lucky winner will be selected for this giveaway *

* Winner will be announced on this blog on 25th Nov 2011 *

* BT will email to the winner on 25th and the winner must reply within 7 days for shipping info *

* Shipping cost will be bounded by BT *

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Don’t miss my another Giveaway too (“D)

(There will be total 5 drawings to the giveaway via random.org)

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I love multi-purpose oil. For body skin, I tend to be bias and ignorant that I don’t use premium product as though I use for facial skincare. Budget or medium priced body massage oil had satisfied my need. Today I am going to briefly share two body massage oils from Thailand, both of them are spa product and sold at Bangkok Suvarnambhumi Airport duty free too.

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 Pranali Cellulite Body Massage Oil (THB445/100ml at BKK duty free)

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This has very sweet citrus scent, in fact it’s too sweet for me. The oil is as oily as my kitchen oil, easily smooth on skin but very greasy, perhaps best for very dry skin type. My tips is, use mineral mist (or watery lotion) spraying on the skin prior to applying the body oil helped to reduce the greasy touch. I sleep in mild air-conditioning room (26~28°C) and wearing pyjama so basically I’ve no much worries of the greasy touch. Occasionally, I also mix this with body moisturizer for less heavy taste.

 

Direction:

Pour a small amount of oil in your palm, rub both palms together to generate heat before applying the massage oil on your skin. Massage with upward circular strokes until the oil is absorbed on the part of your body where cellulite tissues form.

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Because I wasn’t discipline to use this diligently thus I can’t comment whether it really helped improving cellulite. I was kind of realistic and never believe cosmetic product can eliminate cellulite but however, in my experience I must say thick oil works much better than light oil to smooth the body skin texture. Moreover, it serves as a good medium to facilitate body massage.

Ingredients:

Vitus Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Golden) Oil, Prunus Armericana (Apricot) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Sweet Basil) Essential Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange Sweet) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.

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Divana Sweet Rose Melody Body Massage Oil (THB775/100ml at BKK duty free)

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I love this oil has very pleasantly refreshing, like a mixture notes of rose and fresh lime/lemongrass. The aroma evaporates after a while but mild scent remained when you closely sniff the skin. According to Divana, Bulgarian rose is selected to ensure the most purified properties. Rose fragrance also delights your senses, boosts up confidence and soothes anxiety.

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I prefer this one than Pranali Cellulite Body Massage Oil for body moisturizing but this Divana Body Massage Oil on the other hand is way too lightweight to facilitate body massage in my opinion. I normally take it for my hair and body (the areas that don’t have cellulite, haha).

Ingredients:

Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, EPO (Evening Primrose) Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Essential Oil (Rose tea, Sandalwood)

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As summary, I am satisfied with these two body oils, both smells good, natural, non-expensive and very lasting usage. Rant their orifice reducers though. The orifice reducer of Pranali oil didn’t work properly and the one with Divina oil isn’t user-friendly that I got to shake the glass bottle many times (no kidding, 20~30 times) just to get a small amount for each application, trainning my arm muscles every night.

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There is a while I really hooked with Hyaluronic Acid essence. Simple, scentless and effective to hydrate sensitive skin despite I realized later it didn’t do anything for parched skin in harsh climate. Admittedly, Hyaluronic Acid is always a very popular ingredient and can be easily found in many high-end and low-end cosmetics.

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In the past, I used to read a lot Taiwan beauty magazines (mostly Chinese edition of Japanese’s one) and this Dr.Wu Hydrating Serum is mentioned and raved in magazines many times (Due to conflict of interest, we know magazine beauty editor would never bad-mouth any product in magazine anyway). Dr.Wu is a skincare line founded by Dr. Wu Ying-Jun in Taiwan and this Intensive Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid is their all-time star product.

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The consistency is thick and gel-like, it felt sticky on skin and takes some time to become dry and matte on skin in humid day. Comparing with lightweight and watery Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Essence, I prefer this thicker consistency of Dr.Wu Hydrating Serum for better hydrating result. Moreover, I only need a pump for each application, keeping my skin very soft and firm in our tropical climate.

Does this Hydrating serum fill my fine lines as Neogence’s did? My answer is Yes, it works for fine line but definitely couldn’t help deeper line like wrinkle.

As I used it on and off, I can’t say how long the serum can last. This is a nice hydrating serum as a whole, best for irritated sensitive skin, perhaps a skincare supplement for dehydrated, dry, sensitive skin. In fact, it was raved as soothing agent of post laser treatment. The retail price NT800/15ml is however, beetle-browed for a drugstore product. I don’t think I will re-purchase for normal use but would remember it when my skin is ultra-sensitive.

Rating :  ….)))      Excellent. May buy again.

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Ingredients:

D.I.Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Seamollient, Butylene Glycol, Yeast Extract, Elastin Extract, Glycerine, Soluble Collagen, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Hydroxyethyl Cellulos, Allantoin, EDTA-2Na, Alpinia Galanga Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride.

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When the blog statistic passed over half of million, I was thinking to hold my very first giveaway. Thank you for all your clicks to make this little blog shines!!

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What to gift? Many brands and ideas were flashing in my mind but honestly, I was indecisive. In fact, I don’t have idea what your gals want. Then I recalled a reminder from my mum early this year – don’t’ give a thing to other that you don’t have love in it. So I grabbed the wisdom and hopefully you will like my giveaway too.

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DANG DANG DANG ! In celebrating my 3-year-old beauty blog and introducing my sales blog, let’s have fun and join this giveaway!

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All sponsored by BT’s piggy bank


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A   Korea Leaders Clinie Mask Set – NMF Aquaringer, Vita Bright, Aloe Soothing, Vita Whitebeam & Aquaringer  (25ml x 5 sheets)
B   Korea Leaders Hand Cream Set – Firming, Clearing & Brightening   (50ml x 3 units)
C   TonyMoly Fruit Princess Gloss # 3 Mangosteen ,#5 Poemgranate, #7 Apple  (7ml x 3 units)
D   TonyMoly Fruit Princess Gloss # 2 Plum, #4 Apricot, #6 Cherry  (7ml x 3 units)
E   Hermes Voyage Moisturizing Balm Face and Body (200 ml, *Unisex fragrant)

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Want to win them all? Or you will be contented and only focus on what you like most? In order to enter this giveaway, you must fulfill the Rule 1 :

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(CLICK ME to go to the sales blog)

(CLICK ME to go to the Facebook page)

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After fulfilling the Rule 1, you are already entitled to a chance to win Gift A. (“v) I hope you can win more, so here is the Rule 2 to win the rest.

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Here is an example to this Giveaway

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* One comment per person *

* BT will only reply to comment that did not meet the Rule 1 & Rule 2 *

* Winners will be selected via random drawing *

*Giveaway will be closed on  24th Nov 2011,  12pm   GMT+7*

* Winners will be announced on BunnyToo facebook page on 25th Nov 2011 *

* BT will email to the winners on 24,25th and the winners must reply within 7 days for shipping info *

* Shipping cost will be bounded by BT *

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~ Have fun and Good luck ~

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Being LG niche skincare, The History of Whoo is an oriental medicinal skincare based on secret royal court ingredients – Gongjinhyang (拱辰亨) with modern cosmetics technology. Seol (雪) literally means ‘Snow’, is Whoo’s whitening line. According to Whoo, Seol uses oriental herbs to treat the hidden speckles under the skin, producing internal glow from the depth of the skin. LG has revamped some of the product in Seol line in early 2011, adding new whitening ingredients Seolgamsan (雪感散) and Chilhyangmibaeksan (七香八白散)..

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I must admit the whitening line is immensely pricey! The most expensive whitening line that I have used to date. Seol has been received good reviews online and I was tempted to splurge! I had known places like Korea Gmarket is selling high-end Korea cosmetics samples at incredible cheap price but I didn’t buy from them at the end because I was unable to differentiate between authentic and the fake one, later my Korea counterpart told me that KBS had broadcasted the fake cosmetics crackdown program on TV (source), which involved both high-end and popular Korean cosmetics. Anyway, I finally purchased a gift set in Korea with normal retail price because the gift set was not available at the duty free.

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These were the whitening products I used – Whitening Pure Essence (5ml), Whitening Lotion (20ml), Whitening Skin Balancer (20ml), Whitening Soft Toner (100ml), Brightening Cleansing Foam (40ml), Whitening Intensive (20ml) and Whitening Cream (10ml).

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This is going to be a long post, so please bear me some patience (“v). I will do a separate review for full-size Whitening Intensive because I wanted to see its long term effect, so I would need another few months before I conclude my final thought on it. Therefore, please note this review is mainly based on trial set that enough for approximately 1.5 months (Sept – Nov) use. My skin was generally oily-combination in Sept to Oct and combination-normal-easily dehydrated in Nov, weather temperature averaging 28-30°C and humidity ~ 50-70%.

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Whitening Soft Toner ( 65,000/100ml )

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Having sensitive skin, I rarely use toner. I had only purchased three toners (Muji, Eucerin and Vichy) in past several years and they are all formulated for sensitive skin. Toner in my beauty lexicon is mainly meant for purifying and clarifying, which sometimes could be too harsh for my naturally sensitive skin especially my early years of skincare had proven the fact. I splurged this on whim and regretfully, it didn’t work for my skin either.

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This whitening soft toner said to tone the skin, creates a clear and smooth base, and helps increase absorption of herbal elements. The clear watery content is absorbed quickly into skin, it isn’t hydrating that I need to apply the skin balancer as soon as the toner dried on skin else the skin would feel tight. I only sensed the mild tingling skin on 2nd or 3rd day and thought this was the culprit since I didn’t start using all the Seol products together. Having said that, I do think toner is useful to help skincare ingredient absorption, you can read my review of Eucerin Skin Balancing Toner that I had performed a simple test to tell the difference. The problem is, this Seol whitening soft toner isn’t suitable for sensitive skin.

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Update @ December 2012 : Whoo Seol Soft Toner

Ever since I live in Malaysia, I notice my skin dryness has improved tremendously by itself. Thanks to the warm & humid weather here, I am going to save a lot on cosmetics. Considering of more balanced & stable skin here, I decided to give second chance to Seol Soft Toner, a whitening toner that irritated my sensitive skin before but too painful to discard it.

A little bit more about the packaging. The glass bottle is very heavy, I think it can be a very sturdy vase too, of course it can only hold a stalk of flower..haha. The spout allows precise dispense, though the opaque bottle has no way to tell how much it left.

The clear watery toner turned slight yellowish after storing in a very warm room for a period. However, I had not experienced any skin irritation this time, it hydrated my skin nicely and brightening effect was noticeable.

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Whitening Skin Balancer ( 55,000/130ml )

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You might notice most Korean skincare have non-watery consistency for their skincare “primer”, often called skin balancer or skin refiner. This is to be used after the whitening soft toner. In the pamphlet, it said to be used after using Cheongan Brightening Water, well, I couldn’t find a product called Cheongan Brightening Water in Whoo’s 2011 brochure and their website, it seemed that the product has been discontinued. (“ c)?

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What Whoo says about this, exotic oriental medicine-based chilhyang palbaeksan ingredients and gemguksu, a simmered and cold-processed wild chrysanthemum essence, are absorbed deep into skin to make the skin as clean and clear as a white gem. It enhances the effectiveness of skincare products used in subsequent steps. (So, this also helps absorption and the soft toner isn’t that important in the routine actually).

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As you can see, it’s a milky fluid. It’s very lightweight yet feeling moisturizing for my combination skin. I take a small amount on palm and apply with fingers, the milky fluid is absorbed into skin rapidly! It was quite moisturizing when my skin was on oily side but when my skin felt slightly taut after facial cleansing, this was very comfortable to soothe and hydrate. I really love this.

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Whitening Lotion ( 70,000/110ml )

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I think this whitening lotion and the whitening Skin Balancer are good combination for the combination skin. The emulsion has abundant tiny granules as shown in my below picture. I didn’t sense those granules upon applying as it just smoothed on like normal emulsion. I warm the lotion in palms prior to applying, then lightly press the palms on skin to facilitate absorption. My face is shiny and wet right after the application but it actually quickly dried on skin after several minutes, feeling non-oily and no stickiness, it just moisturized adequately although I still wake up with oily face next morning.

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When I first started the skincare routine with Seol, I only used the whitening skin balancer and this whitening lotion because the Seol line is completely new to me, by trying them step by step, it would be easier and helpful to identify which product has caused problem at later time. Totally surprise. I saw a radiant skin in the first week! The result was simply remarkable and I was so glad I have found another whitening skincare that delivered translucent skin tone other than the blue-bottle Kose Sekkisei. Most whitening products I have tried do give me radiant and even skin tone too, but not the type of translucent, soft illuminating, rosy skin tone that I always admire. Besides Kose Sekkisei is probably more irritating to sensitive skin, I love this Whoo basic care imparts glowing skin from within. Nice……

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Whitening Essence ( 140,000/45ml )

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I think this essence is the most emollient stuff among the Seol line although its consistency is lotion-like, it is too greasy for oilier skin. From the user manual, it should be applied after using the whitening skin balancer and before the whitening lotion. It said made by precious medicinal herbal and secrets from courts in ancient times, manages dark skin blemish and help to provide balanced and transparent skin tone.

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Like the whitening Lotion, it loaded with many soft granules and it does require quite a while to be fully absorbed for combination skin, skin also looked quite shiny. However when I tried it in early Nov, it absorbed more easily and didn’t look very shiny. In order to see its effect, I had tried both routines [ Skin Balancer + Lotion + (with or without Essence) ] and I did notice the skin glowed more intensely by adding the essence into the routine but I didn’t see appreciable lightened freckles. I was wondering if it was due to my lightened skin tone that reflected the freckles more obvious (??). Probably only an electronic skin analysis device can answer me.

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Whitening Cream ( 150,000/50ml )

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I actually bought the full size of this whitening cream first before I discovered the gift set. This whitening cream is the revamped 2011 formula. With new ingredients Seolgamsan (雪感散) and Chilhyang Palbaeksan (七香八白散), it said to enter deep inside the skin to create bright and clear skin like porcelain. It is advised to be used after the whitening lotion.
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The gel-cream is feeling lightweight and hydrating, it imparts cosmetically glowing skin as most gel-cream did. There is no greasy and sticky touch. In term of texture, I liked this more than the whitening lotion particularly when skin turned drier, however this most probably contains silicone ingredients that acne-prone skin might want to avoid. When my skin is oilier, using the entire Seol line caused me minor bumps on next morning eventhough I used a small amount of this whitening cream only. When the skin turned combination-normal and easily get dehydrated especially the dry season is approaching here in November, the whole line worked really great for me. After finished the whitening skin balancer and lotion, I used this whitening cream together with the Whitening Intensive (treatment),  they have been kept my skin moisturized adequately day & night. No tingling skin even I didn’t wear the Clinie mask in morning. However, it won’t be sufficient for very dry skin in harsh climate.

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Generally I’m highly satisfied with the whitening effect. In fact I’m amazed by the powerful effect of oriental formula. Whoo only lists the ingredient list in Korean in the pamphlet, nonetheless thanks to this blogger has posted the English ingredient lists here. The Seol line also contains alcohol. I understand from a cosmetic ingredient expert that certain oriental herbs need to be dissolved in alcohol but I wasn’t sure if this applies to Seol line too.

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As a whole I would say the Seol line lives up to its whitening claim, though skin texture seemed to remain unchanged. Sometimes skin was still experienced dullness especially when I was glued to chair long hours in the day but normally the skin returned to naturally glowing tone the next day. After seeing the beautiful whitening effect of Seol line, I was disappointed they performed limited to those stubborn freckles. Together with sun care, the freckles appeared slightly lightened after a month use but they are still quite visible in my eye, that is main reason of why I wanted to give the treatment – Whitening Intensive a longer try despite I already tested it on a dark spot of my hand and it had shown lightening effect. May be just my wishful dream to vanish the 22-year-old freckles, especially when clinical IPL treatment also did nothing much to my freckles.

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