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Time Revolution White Cure is new whitening line of Missha introduced in 2011 with three exclusive compounds. 1) DN-Aid™ , a DNA repair ingredient created in collaboration with SERO Biologiques of France. 2) White-Cure™ that contains melanin care ingredients of Madagascar island to lighten the pigmentation and control the melanin formation. 3) Seven flower extracts – White rose, Freesia, Edelweiss, Jasmine, White lily, Iris and Lotus for various skin care benefits.

I love flowers, they always have special power to beautify this world. Being a rational skin care person, I tend to take flower formulation in skin care product as emotive ingredient more than effective ingredient, exception given to those are supported with sufficient scientific studies from reputable world organization.



Both White Cure toner and lotion have strong floral scent, which is pretty common trait of Korean skin care. I personally think the fragrance is soapy. The Super Essential Toner (KRW22000/150ml) has a tint of slippery feel, feeling very lightweight, refreshing and absorbed in skin easily; whereas the Super Radiance Lotion (KRW22000/130ml) was feeling light and moisturizing, leaving skin shinny-looking and it was slightly sticky before it dried on skin. For moisturizing effect, I have mixed feeling about them eventhough I have only tried them for a week plus in total. As the skin condition varied in different circumstances, they felt insufficient for drier skin but moisturized just right when skin was oilier. For whitening effect, I have yet to see any result given with the short trial.

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White Cure Super Essential Toner

Ingredients :
Water, Alcohol Denat, Arbutin, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Iris Versicolor Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Freesia Refracta Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Methylparaben, Octyldodeceth-16, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, HydrogenatedLecithin, Fragrance, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Caffeine, Buddleja Axillaris Leaf Extract, Sodium Metabisulfite, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer, Sucrose Dilaurate, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 20.

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White Cure Super Radiance Lotion

Ingredients :
Water, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Arbutin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan, Sesquioleate, Dimethicone, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Fragrance, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Methylparaben, Iris Versicolor Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Rose Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Freesia Refracta Extract, Narcissus Pseudo-Narcissus (Daffodil) Flower Extract, Polyacrylate-13, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Propylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyisobutene, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Buddleja Axillaris Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sucrose Dilaurate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Maltodextrin Crosspolymer, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract.

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Missha Time Revolution White Cure Hydro Gel Mask (KRW5000/28g)

Time Revolution White Cure Hydro Gel Mask contains Swiss Gigawhite (Alps plant complex), arbutin, Q10 and platinum, fortified with Transdermal cosmetics delivery system to assist better penetration of ingredients.

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Gel-textured sheet mask normally costs more than normal mask but this Missha mask is actually affordable for try if you purchase it at its original Korea retail price.

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The mask sheet is held between the transparent plastic film and a white pearl paper. It is extremely slippery!! I need to handle the mask sheet very carefully. It had slipped down from my hands into the basin once, but I still picked up the contaminated mask and applied it to skin, my skin itched within several minutes! Will never do that again.

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Both sides of the texture are different. One side is smooth while the other side is not glossy thus adhered to skin more steadily.

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I placed the unsmooth side to skin but the mask could still slip down easily, so I have to adjust the mask sheet from time to time during application (40 minutes!).

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In spite of the mask ingredients have enough studies backed up their lightening effect, the instant brightening result after application was actually quite subtle compared to those Vitamin C-enriched mask. However, after a close examination, I did see the uncovered skin appeared a shade darker than the skin covered with the mask, hence I believed the skin indeed had been temporary lightened up a little bit particularly it had been “soaked” for 40 mins. The hydration effect was pretty mediocre that skin texture appeared nothing much different before and after.

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I have three pieces of this mask and the last mask sheet that I tried was appeared to be slightly drier than the previous two because it felt not so slippery. Therefore I think the mask sheet would become drier after storing for certain period, best to get the fresher batch. As a sum-up, the Missha Time Revolution White Cure Hydro Gel Mask has never fascinated me since the first use but a new skin care experience anyway.

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Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Arbutin, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) , Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Poeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millrfolium Extract, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tretapeptide-7, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Buddleja Axillaris Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Fibroin, Fragrance (Parfum), Potassium Hydroxide, Ubiquinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Colloidal Platinum.

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In Yang Balancer (KRW55000/150ml) and  In Yang lotion (KRW70000/110ml)

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Yellow-packaging Gongjinhyang is the basic line of Whoo, knowing as a secret royal court formula for empresses. Gongjinhyang (拱辰亨) – Containing “Ginjinbidan” and “Wild ginseng Cordyces sinensis”, through the oriental principle of Yin-Yang harmony, it helps keeping skin balanced, increasing water and diminishing fire to enhance moisture within the skin, giving skin a new radiance and smoothness. 

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These trial kits were given with every $100 Whoo purchase at Korea duty free shop last year summer.

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I have two sets of the In-Yang Balancer and Lotion (6ml each), as I never tried the old formula so I could not do any comparison here. According to those who are familiar with this brand (click here and here), the renewed version contains newly added ingredients Aloe Vera and Metasequoia Glyptostroboides extracts that aim to enhance the effect of the old version.

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The In-Yang balancer has runny consistency but not completely watery. As you can see from the above pictures, it has hint of gel feature that can be easily sensed upon smoothing on skin, it is non-sticky and is easily absorbed by skin. Frankly… the most visible function of this balancer is to prepare my nose and mind for the strong fragrance.

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The In-Yang lotion on the other hand is very moisturizing, it is more moisturizing than the whitening lotion of Seol (Whoo’s whitening line) and Sulwhasoo Balancing Emulsion. I think the In-Yang lotion is too rich for oilier skin. Using both In-Yang balancer and In-Yang lotion already provide sufficient moisture for combination to normal skin in tropical climate. Oilier skin definitely needs less amount for each application where drier skin need extra moisturizing cream on top. Imagine the first sample set lasted about 3 weeks trial in humid season while the second set only lasted for a week when weather is less humid. Talking about the skin care effect, it has kept my skin soft and moisturized, I think my skin looked glowing in the morning eventhough I did not sleep enough, but the skin texture and fine lines had not seen improved.

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As Gongjinhyang is using oriental herbs as main ingredients, I actually expect it has herbal scent. However it gives me a feeling as though I apply an elegant light perfume to my skin that sometimes made me feel dizzy (FYI, I have sensitive nose). It is a pleasant rosy kind of scent and it does lingering for long while, if you love the scent then you would enjoy it but I personally much preferring natural herbal scent of Sulwhasoo basic line.

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Image credit : Missha Korea

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Missha is a very popular budget cosmetics brand in Korea, their main targeted market is basically teenager and young adult. In past few years they started creating their premium oriental herbal Misa (美思) series for more mature group of woman. The  Misa Geum Seul series is Colorants-free, Paraben-free, Triclosan-free, Mineral oil-free, GMO-free and Dermatologist tested.

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Misa (美思) series is containing more than 80 selected medicinal herbs from Dongeuibogam (东医宝鉴,a standard of Korean medicine). The main ingredients of this Geum Seul (金雪) Series included 100% ginseng water, wild ginseng, deer antler, cordyceps, reishi mushroom and other plant extracts to nourish and vitalize skin, together with precious 99.9% pure gold for skin purification and balancing. It aims for wrinkle care and whitening, suitable for woman in 30s and above.

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Sequence of use : First essence booster -> Toner -> Essence -> Emulsion -> Cream

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This was the complimentary gift of my small Missha purchase but my Korea buyer helped me to get more free gifts since I am her big customer I guess. I do not have their English ingredient list because I was using a trial set. Missha Korea has listed their product full ingredient lists (Korean) on the web, a very long list that I was unable to translate it correctly into English. I used this series for about 3 weeks and the weather during the period was roughly 20-33°C, humidity 40-60%, cool breeze, warm & dry weather.

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The temperature during the trial period

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Misa Geum Sul First Care Essence Booster (KRW48000/100ml)

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Korea probably is the first country to introduce essence/serum as the first-step of skin care after cleansing. The concept is similar to using skin enhancer in Japan skincare and botanic face oil in western natural skincare regimen. This First care essence booster aims to soften the skin and restore skin balance after cleansing, hence increase the penetration of subsequent products.

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Enriched with 100% ginseng water, 5% wild ginseng extract, 5000㎍ pure gold/100ml and other plant extracts, it said to awaken tired skin and re-hydrated the dry skin with nutritious ginseng water. The lightweight gel-like essence was very hydrating and quenched the taut skin instantly without leaving sticky residue. The small gold flakes also dissolved easily on massaging. It was nice to use and I quite liked this.

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larger piece of gold flakes sometimes can be overlooked, needs extra finger massage to dissolve it.

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Misa Geum Sul Toner (KRW32000/145ml)

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Geum Seul toner has 100% ginseng water, 240㎍/145ml pure gold and 1% wild ginseng extract. The running liquid was a little bit gel-like feeling, absorbed into skin rapidly and feeling very hydrating. Besides, the toner has some tiny shinning particles which I think they were gold powders. As all product of Geum Seul contained pure gold, thus skin will look glowing after the application. Apparently the hydrating effect was alike to the First Care Essence Booster, when my skin was oilier and acne-prone especially the T-zone, I could just apply the booster and this toner only.

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Misa Geum Sul Rejuvenating Essence (KRW38000/40ml)

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This essence contained 4400㎍/40ml pure gold and 15% wild ginseng extract, you can see it was the most concentrated amid the Geum Seul line. However, I really do not favor rich and creamy essence, it seemed to be as rich as my eye cream. In humid season, I used it mostly on my neck since my combination-normal skin has already loaded enough the essence booster, toner and emulsion/cream. I had tried using the whole line together but my forehead was broke out like crazy in just few days. Nevertheless the whole line worked very well on my drier skin so I think it was best for dry skin. Except the booster and this essence has more floral scent, the rest of the products were herbal ginseng scented.

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Misa Geum Sul Emulsion (KRW32000/100ml)

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The emulsion was very moisturizing and creamy. It included 100% ginseng water, 170㎍/100ml pure gold and 1% wild ginseng extract. You may notice the toner and emulsion were less concentrated because they have more water content than other. This emulsion sometimes caused me clog pores that I would be careful with the use amount. When weather is more humid, I found it was difficult absorbed by skin together with the booster and toner. What I did is using cotton pad for application which really allowed the layers settled in skin quickly! Unfortunately the friction irritated my skin eventhough I had tried with different texture of cotton pads/ball, prompted me to give up the method after trying for two days. I think it was suitable for combination to normal skin type.

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Misa Geum Sul Rejuvenating Cream (KRW35000/50ml)

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This has 100% ginseng water, 1650㎍/50ml pure gold and 10% wild ginseng extract, said to create radiant glowing complexion and boost the skin elasticity. It was butter-like and being very creamy, I would either use this with the First care essence booster or the Geum Seul Toner only. Unlike some people using the dotting application method, I personally loved to warm and rub a rich cream in palms then massaged the skin in upward and lifting motion, starting from neck then proceed to face, forehead is last (from driest area to oiliest area). I could see my two neck lines were faded slightly in just first week! I must credited the result to the anti-gravity massage technique and rich texture of the cream, perhaps the ingredients also contribute to the improvement? Nonetheless, this was truly for dry skin only, else it caused comedogenic problem.

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I never fond of using gold in skin care but I must say this Misa Geum Seul series is comfortable to use for drier skin condition, I did not suffer any skin irritation from using the line too. My skin texture appeared smoother with tighten pores, moist and firm, and bare skin always glow healthily which I believed the great moisturizing factor played the main role of the improvement. On the other hand, I did not see my fine line faded and skin tone was not a shade lightened either, the emollient texture did give me some blackheads when skin is on oilier stage too. Overall it was still a nice surprise in 3-week trial. To be frankly I do not expect anything from this budget brand but Missha seemed to be serious in developing elegant quality skin care line with relatively affordable price, though it was overpriced outside Korea. I would be very happy to recommend this to my mum in her 60s.

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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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I have some Haba samples from my last Haba purchase. It is still a delightful customer experience of receiving samples but somehow I am lacking interest in trying them after received those samples. The transformation of the emotion state is not only happened to used-to-try Haba product but in fact, I am lacking “motivation” to try all new products too. Despite I still purchase new product from time to time, I think I am quite satisfied with my existing found-and-loved beauty products and remained in the “stable-mode” instead of frequent changing product.

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Tuning back to my samples review channel. I had good experience with Haba product especially their products always being gentle for sensitive skin. In the past, they did not “wow” me by extraordinary skin care result but they were something feeling safe and please to use. There is why I felt compelling to write a brief review of them here.

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HABA VC Lotion (S$37/60ml, S$66/120ml, S$120/240ml)

VC lotion is hydrating toner with 2% Vitamin C derivative (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) for pigmentation care.  It has  very faint yellowish colour. I had tried the old version and the new “Pure Roots” VC lotion is also feeling gentle and hydrating for my combination-normal skin in high humidity climate. It hydrated the skin quickly and left skin moist and smooth touching once the lotion had completely dried on skin. Although it is fragrance-free but it has kind of smell which not what I liked, particularly I had been enjoying so much of aromatherapy of face oil lately. If the smell is not an issue then I would have no complaint of this watery lotion.

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Ingredients:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Malitol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Glycosphingolipids, Oryza Sativa Bran (Rice Bran) Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Sea Salt, Sodium Riboflavin Phosphate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Dextran, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Lysolecithin.

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HABA Squa Balancing Gel (S$38/30g)

According to HABA, this is gel type moisturizer/Squalane for oily and normal skin types. It aids to maintain balance of skin moisture and oil, regulate sebum secretion and melanin production with Rose apple leaf extract, restore the stratum corneum (outermost layer of the epidermis) and fortifies skin barrier function with Gold Seaweed Extract.

This is easily absorbed and left a light weight smooth veil on skin. I tried this when I was suffering breakout (several small red bumps) on my forehead from a BB cream, it did not contribute extra acne for my non-acne prone skin but it did not help the acne recovery either. I could not justify whether it worked for skin balancing because I had two samples that enough for two applications only. Furthermore, with this Squa balancing gel alone my oily T-zone was still shined and greasy after several hours spent in warm room temperature but on the other hand, it is an effective hydrating base under makeup in low humidity environment for combination skin type.

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Ingredients:

Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, Stearoyl Inulin, Pentylene Glycol, Squalane, Sodium Chloride, Laminaria Ochroleuca (Gold Seaweed) Extract, Syzygium Jambos (Rose Apple) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone.

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HABA White Lady (S$29/10ml, S$78/30ml, S$120/53ml)

This is medicated whitening serum, contains 8% mineral enriched Sasa Kurilensis Water and 6% water soluble vitamin C derivative. I used to try the 30ml full size serum many years ago and I remembered vaguely it was something hydrating, non-irritating and my skin tone looked more evenly after used the serum for few months.

Each Haba White Lady sample (2.5ml) is enough for 3~4 applications, as the watery serum is very hydrating for my combination skin in tropical climate, hence I did not need much. It has identical smell with the VC lotion, yeast or bamboo sort of odour if you know what I mean. The odour lingered for long time and I personally did not find it pleasant actually. By the way, the odour reminded me of Clinique C10 Anti-aging Clarity Formula.

The slight viscid serum drenched the skin nicely despite it left slight sticky touch on skin. Using both VC lotion and White Lady were sufficient for spending overnight in mildly air-conditioned room, my combination skin felt moisture and supple in next morning. For whitening effect, I certainly unable to comment on it  in such a short testing period,  particularly I did not have dullness issue lately.  It generally has positive reviews online and it has been Haba’s star product for many years, hence you know it is not something useless for sure.

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Ingredients

L-Ascorbic Acid Sodium Phosphate*, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizin*, Purified Water, Sasa Kurilensis Water, Glycerin, 1.2-Pentanediol, 2 – Butyl Methacrylate Copolymer Fluid Methacryloyloxyethyl Phosphorylcholine, Sodium Hyaluronate (1), Citric Acid
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HABA Point Repair II (S$75/16g)

 

This is medicated Retinol treatment for eye and wrinkle. Cherry leaf extract helps to alleviate irritation, 13% Squalane to moisturize skin and yeast extract has effects to improve skin elasticity and promote cell proliferation.

Each sample contains 2ml that enough for 6~7 applications (only used for specified area). The treatment has emulsion/milky lotion type of consistency, non-greasy and absorbed in short while. I must say it excited me that it smoothed the fine lines immediately! We know there is no skin care product can “permanently” improve the biologically degraded skin but a product which delivers instant result is somehow addictive. I noticed my expression lines under eye were shown again after applying drying milky sunscreen, however the lines disappeared instantly once I re-applied this treatment onto the area, it has good moisturizing effect indeed. I also applied this on nasolabial lines and the area seemed plumped up quite a bit. The long-lasting moisture is fantastic, lovely. Recommend to use for non acne prone skin/area only.

I think this emollient treatment is comparable with Shiseido Revital WrinkleliftAA, not to say Haba Point Repair II costs half of the Shiseido’s price. In fact, this is on my wish list, hopefully it will has better value than Shiseido’s.

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Ingredients:

Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate*, Vitamin A oil, Vitamin E, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate (2), Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Cerasus Pseudocerasus (Cherry) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Yeast Extract (1), Phytosteryl Oleate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Behenyl Alcohol, 1,2-Pentanediol, Glycerin, 1,3 Butanediol, Carboxyvinyl Polymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Purified Water.

* The Active Ingredient

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Generally I have positive experience with Neogence product hence no surprise you will see more Neogence’s review in my blog. For those who are new to this brand, it is Taiwan cosmeceuticals brand selling at affordable budget price that founded by a group of medical professional in Taiwan.

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I got this Hyaluronic Acid promotion set at S$49.90 for the lotion and cream in Singapore. At my age in 30s, theoretically I should remain devoted to anti-age skin care for beautiful and healthy skin but after years of trying different products, I knew anti-age skin care is understandably limited performing. In some cases, moisturizing seemed to “improve” skin texture faster. Please do not get me wrong, anti-age skin care is indeed important, just I do not think we must use full range of anti-aging product. I used an oil serum with anti-aging properties in conjunction with this Neogence Hyaluronic Acid hydrating line anyway.

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While Hyaluronic Acid is scientifically proven effective skin humectant, it does not work for all skin conditions. I had witnessed it did not help at all for severe imbalanced, dehydrated, dry, parched skin conditions. As such, please take note my following reviews are based on my current balanced combination-normal skin in tropical climate. (I also left this remark in my Neogence HA essence and mask reviews).

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Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cream (S$36.90/50ml)

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First I tried the complimentary 15ml sample last year and loved it enough to buy a full size during the promotion. This was the only moisturizer sitting on my dressing desk for the past 5 months and I was still using it now since I did not use it everyday… I used face oil more frequently.

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The white cream dried on skin in short time and always keeping my skin firm and supple. It added glow to my combination-normal skin but turned to impart more shine when the skin became oilier. Overall it felt non-heavy to skin and non-greasy to touch due to the starch content.

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This is ideal for normal to dry skin in humid climate, it did “gift” me small breakout occasionally when my skin condition was rather combination than normal. Besides, when my sensitive skin was inflamed and irritated, regrettably this was not calming enough but the poor skin felt much better by adding the Neogence HA essence in the routine. In addition, it seriously failed to moisturize in dry climate that the skin felt very tight and dry in few minutes after application despite Neogence said it also suitable for autumn/winter, no matter how many layer I applied to skin.

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This is quite pleasant to use actually, as long as you use it for correct skin condition. At now, I prefer using botanical face oil instead of common moisturizer, not only my skin get along with face oil really well in all seasons but also because quality face oil gives me less comedogenic issue when used it properly. Although I found comedogenic ingredients such as Dimethicone is very helpful to protect fragile skin in harsh climate but that did not mean it created no other skin issue – comedogenic.

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Rating: ….)))     Good. Unlikely to buy again.

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 2, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Mannitol, Sodium Citrate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Carboxymethyl Chitin, Panthenol, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.

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Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion (S$22.90/180ml)

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I actually did not expect a watery consistency from this lotion as in the past, most hydrating lotion that I tried had a little bit gel or viscid consistency. As I started using it in muggy summer, I loved the watery consistency more than viscid consistency of toning lotion.

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Both HA cream and lotion have same mild floral scent. I just take a coin size amount and gently pat into skin. The watery lotion felt very refreshing and quickly absorbed in skin and it was hydrating enough for my combination-normal skin in tropical climate.

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It said to balance skin pH after cleansing and enhances skin care ingredient penetration at later time. Since I started using face oil, I personally found my skin also behaved in good manner without using any toning lotion. Therefore, this is also the only toning lotion that had been sitting on my dressing desk for past 5 months and still half-full. (You get the point how much I loved face oil “v)

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

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Jojoba Wax Peg-120 Ester, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Carboxymethyl chitin, Panthenol, Allantoin, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.

 

Photo-White-C Whitening Lotion is part of the medicated whitening series from Dr.Ci:Labo Japan. It made by nano-technology to promote deep penetration of ingredients. It contains various Vitamin C derivatives and plant extracts for anti-oxidizing, hydrating and suppressing melanin production.

 

 

It has natural citrus scent, which is very pleasant. As you can see, the consistency is slightly yellowish and viscous, in fact, if you have healthy oily skin and have no special quest for brightening, you may take this for both brightening lotion and hydrating essence.

 

 

Due to the easily spreadable consistency, using hand for application is more economical and only small amount is already enough for face and neck. No matter how much quantity applied on, my skin just drink it up easily with little fingers-massage, leaving hydrated skin and no sticky/heavy feeling. However, as it contains gel ingredient to create the viscous texture, it would pill if I over-applied (3~4 applications at one time).

 

 

It is also ideal for occasional lotion-mask pampering, either using with Kose lotion-mask or Muji large cotton pad. Again, the citrus scent makes me feel relax and delighting, big satisfaction with the quick hydration but unfortunately, too costly.

 

—* Lotion-mask *—

 Pouring adequate lotion into cap, soak the mask pill in the lotion

The dry mask pill drinks up the lotion quickly.

Unfold the mask sheet and place onto face for ~5 minutes.

 

I preferred using cotton pad actually. Just pour the lotion directly on the cotton pad and tear the pad to few layers. Place onto face for ~5 minutes.

 

This is a whitening product so I must talk about its effectiveness here. I am not certain if it really brightens or whitens my complexion during these four months since I have fair skin to start with, but I did notice the freckles and mild melasma were much less apparent. Frequent cloudy and rainy weather most probably is the main factor that attributed to the improvement.

 

 

As a conclusion, I am a happy user of this gentle and affordable lotion (RM136 or SGD59/150ml). I was using it together with Dr.Ci:Labo Aqua-In-Derm DN-Essence, either one of them is already enough for my skin care routine. As such, I would re-purchase this only if I have no budget to continue with the Aqua-In-Derm DN-Essence.

 

Rating: ….)))     Excellent. Willing to buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Water, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ascrobyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Squalane, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, PPG-4-Ceteth-20, Triethylhexanoin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, PEG-100 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pentasodium Pentetate.

 


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