• Meejee,  routine

    The Meejee Method

    the Meejee The Meejee is a facial cleansing device with ultra-soft silicone bristles that transfer high frequency vibrations onto your skin and pores. It gently exfoliates, thoroughly cleanses and removes dirt, oil and makeup, effectively keeps pores clean and discourages breakouts. The result, clear, smooth and glowing skin in under a minute. Use the link here to receive USD$10 off your Meejee at checkout.     the mechanics The device comes with a USB cord (5V DC/1A), a full charge taking approximately 2 hours to complete. You generally need to charge it every couple of months (dependent on usage duration and frequency) which is very convenient. If you forget to…

  • Essence, Serum and Ampoule

    Essence, Serum and Ampoule

    how are they different? As well as being nourishing, brightening and hydrating, the Korean skincare routine is complex! There are so many steps, several of which exhibit lots of similarities. Take essence, serum and ampoule for instance. They all technically do the same thing but at different potencies, textures and positions within the skincare routine.   what is an essence? An essence is a lightweight liquid that follows cleansing and toning. Its primary objective is to add hydration to the skin. Essences generally comprise an abundance of plant extracts and antioxidants but may also include an additional focus.   For example, they may incorporate a brightening ingredient such as niacinamide…

  • Glass Skin

    Glass Skin

    what is “glass skin”? As a Korean skincare enthusiast, you may have recently heard the term “Glass Skin”. The clear, translucent, even and smooth properties of glass are a reflection of skin goals. To achieve glass skin is to achieve a complexion so clear that it resembles a sheet of glass. It is the ideal skin state, one of dewiness, clarity, evenness and youth.   how to achieve glass skin A key attribute of glass skin is excellent hydration and moisturisation in order to give skin a plump and dewy glow. The Korean skincare routine utilises multiple layers that contribute such properties including toner, essence, sheet masks and serums. Clarity…

  • Acne and how to treat it

    Acne And How To Treat It

    what is acne? Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It presents in different forms including pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.   Acne can be inflammatory (papule, pustule) or non-inflammatory (blackhead, whitehead). There are two types of inflammatory acne which result when a blocked hair follicle becomes inflamed or infected by bacteria. A papule develops when whiteheads or blackheads cause so much irritation that they damage some of the surrounding skin. They present as small red tender bumps. A pimple (pustule) is a papule with a centre of pus. Whiteheads (closed comedones) and blackheads (open comedones) are non-inflammatory and caused…

  • Roccoco Botanicals
    first cleanse,  moisturize,  Roccoco,  second cleanse

    Roccoco Botanicals Brand Review – Part I

    the brand Jacine Greenwood is a cosmetic chemist and the founder of Australian brand, Roccoco Botanicals. Her vision was to create a safe, plant based range of products that manage skin without the risk of acne breakouts or allergic reactions. The brand philosophy dismisses skin peeling for acne treatment, claiming this causes stress and inflammation, reducing the integrity of the skin barrier. Rather, they rely on the soothing properties of plants and enzymes for gentle exfoliation, since they work on redundant cells, living tissue remaining unaffected. Her fascination for France and its architecture is the inspiration behind the brand name.     the review I was gifted various sample sized…

  • Heimish All Clean Green Foam
    Heimish,  second cleanse

    Heimish All Clean Green Foam

    the claim The Heimish All Clean Green Foam claims is a gentle, low pH cleansing gel for everyday use. It is said to maintain the skin’s optimal pH balance while effectively removing impurities on the skin to leave a balanced, soothed and moisturised face.     the science A relatively short ingredient list of 18 is dominated by water. Surfactants and cleansing agents feature prominently in the formulation, well represented by Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Soap Bark Extract, Potassium Cocoyl Glutamate and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate. These have been chosen for their gentle nature, giving the product satisfying foam generating capacity and washing ability. A good amount of humectants are added to…

  • Style Korean Glowing Clover Set
    Abib,  Benton,  body,  first cleanse,  Heimish,  HelloSkin,  Hyggee,  mask,  second cleanse,  Style Korean

    Style Korean Glowing Clover Set

    the set The Style Korean Glowing Clover Set comprises products from leading Korean skincare brands. The set includes the following five items: Abib Hand Crème Type V Fragrant Tube Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water Heimish ph 5.5 All Clean Green Foam HelloSkin Jumiso First Skin Lightening Mask HYGGEE Hyggee All-In-One H2 Soap   Abib Hand Crème Type V Fragrant Tube The Abib philosophy is to take skin that has been exposed to and suffered the effects of pollution and other stimuli and return it to a natural state. The Crème Type V  focuses on the hands and is defined by a scent inspired by Vincent van Gogh. It starts off…

  • Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream
    moisturize,  Trilogy

    Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream

    the claim The Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream is an easily absorbed night time moisturiser, serving to nourish and repair during sleep. A nourishing blend of bio-actives, it uses co-enzyme Q10 and Glycablend™ which assist the skin’s natural process of regeneration to restore elasticity, suppleness and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.     the science Blueberry, Pomegranate and Strawberry Seed Oils are anti-ageing powerhouses. Abundant in antioxidants, they are a force against environmental stressors, helping to protect and keep skin youthful. Essential fatty acids diminish the appearance of wrinkles and provide a firmer and plumper looking complexion. They are light, non-greasy, fast absorbing and moisturising, suitable for all skin types. Together,…

  • LJH Vita Propolis Ampoule
    ampoule,  Dr. Ceuracle

    Dr. Ceuracle Vita-Propolis Ampoule

    the claim Rebranded from Leegeehaam and Lee Jiham, the Dr. Ceuracle Vita Propolis Ampoule claims to be the perfect combination of vitamin and propolis for bright, glowing and radiant skin with powerful ingredients delivering moisturisation, firming, soothing and anti-ageing effects.     the science Propolis Extract is basically a combination of beeswax, enzymes and tree sap used by bees to seal, disinfect and waterproof their hive. Coincidentally, it also makes an excellent skincare ingredient, found at a high concentration of 50% in this ampoule. It has been used medicinally to help heal wounds for centuries. Rich in flavonoids, propolis displays powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Its high antioxidant content…

  • Simple hydrating cleansing oil
    first cleanse,  Simple

    Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil

    the claim The Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil is made of pure grape-seed oil and enriched with vitamin A and E to dissolve impurities and remove make up, leaving your skin deeply clean and well hydrated.     the science The key ingredient in the formulation is Grape Seed Oil, comprising approximately 70% Linoleic Acid (Omega 6), 16% Oleic Acid (Omega 9), 7% Palmitic Acid and 4% Stearic Acid and small amounts of Palmitoleic Acid, Vitamin E and beta-Carotene. Lighter than coconut or jojoba oil, it’s easily absorbed into the skin, effectively moisturising without leaving an oily residue. Its astringent and antiseptic qualities help to nourish and repair…