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Yuri Pibu Cucu Maronza (Black Truffle) Serum Review

Following the success I had with the Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence, I wanted to try more things from the brand so I did some research and zeroed in on this truffle serum. Like the artichoke essence, the truffle serum contains a cool mix of ceramides and cholesterol. Unlike the artichoke essence, it comes in packaging that isn’t frustratingly stupid. Unfortunately, the packaging was the only thing about this serum that I liked better than the Artichoke essence. Let’s take a closer look.

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Yuri Pibu Cucu Maronza Serum Continue reading

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Sakura Kokoro Beauty Essence Review

There is no shortage of Asian beauty products with really, really long names and so it’s nice to find a product called something a little simpler! This serum is simply called “Beauty Essence” and is what we’re looking at today. Let’s take a look!

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Sakura Kokoro Beauty Essence  Continue reading

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Ippin -New Japanese E-Commerce Site- Introduction and Window Shopping

When Ippin reached out to me back in November, I was super stoked for a few reasons. For example,

  • Their selection of products looked really interesting. They have FlowFushi, Kate, Acseine, which are all brands I recognize from the Cosme best-of lists but have never tried
  • Their prices seemed very competitive for the few items I was familiar with. For example,  they have the Canmake stay on balm rouges with no markup AND with free shipping
  • They use Paypal

But most of all I was excited to have another player trying to make Japanese skincare and makeup accessible abroad. While Korean beauty products have gone very mainstream in the past couple of years, Japanese products still have a ways to go towards achieving mass accessibility.

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Swanicoco Fermentation Care Collection Review

In 2016, one of my favorite product discoveries was the Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Care Emulsion. I was blown away with not only its killer ingredient list but also its luxurious, silky texture. That’s why when Swanicoco reached out to me a few months ago and asked if I would be interested in testing and reviewing some other products, I immediately said yes! After some discussion on their different lines and my skin type, they recommended the Fermentation Care line, which I will be reviewing today!

This is a kind of super long review, so I set up a table of contents to make for easier navigation.

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Nov & Dec Empties

Happy 2017 everyone! These are my empties from November and December of 2016:

Benton Honest TT Mist
My 4th or 5th bottle? Honestly at this point I’ve lost track. Continue reading

Skin Deva CE Ferulic Serum

Skin Deva 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum Review

If I were soon to be stranded on a desert island and could only bring 3 items with me, they would be sunscreen, an oil cleanser, and Vitamin C. If you’re not already using a REAL Vitamin C serum (ie NOT this one), you should be. Lately, I’ve been using a few different serums in my rotation. This review is going to be about the one I’ve been really liking: Skin Deva’s 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum.

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The L’Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serums I’ve been using: Drunk Elephant C Firma Day Serum, Skin Deva 20% Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid Serum, The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%.

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Skin Deva 20% Vitamin C+E + Ferulic Acid Serum Continue reading

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Manyo Factory Bifida Complex Review

There are some brands I become obsessed with before I even try any of their products. This is not one of those brands. Manyo Factory, with it’s weird name and Paula’s-Choice-esque (aka boring) packaging, didn’t really interest me at all until Margaret, Joan, and seemingly everyone on Instagram started raving about their Galactomyces 10X The First Treatment Wrap Masks. And you know what? They were right. Those masks are awesome, easily my favorite hydrogel to date, but that’s a review for another day.

Today, let me direct your attention to the Bifida Complex. It’s full of pumpkin (IT’S PUMPKIN PIE SEASON!!) and, thanks to its 6 month shelf-life, I’ve been using pretty much twice a day, most days, for the past 4 weeks so I’ve got thoughts on it to share!

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Mizon Hyaluronic Acid 100 Ampoule Review

Mizon is one of the first brands that completely blew my mind when I first discovered the world of Korean Beauty. I remember coming back from a desert camping trip that was a lot of fun, but left my skin feeling and looking parched and worn out. I had a sample sachet of the Mizon all in one snail repair cream, slathered it on, and it completely revitalized my skin. Unfortunately, during that time I was too distracted by every new skincare product ever and kind of lost sight/interest of Mizon and haven’t really given many of their products a chance.

Fast forward a year and BumblingWombat on r/AB points out that Mizon’s peptide ampoule is a possible dupe for NIOD CAIS. I’ve never used NIOD CAIS but I am enamored with the idea of copper peptides and so was intrigued! Turns out, the hyaluronic acid ampoule also has copper peptides, in addition to beta glucan and ceramides. I grabbed it and have been obsessed with it ever since!

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Mizon Original Skin Energy Hyaluronic Acid 100 Ampoule Continue reading

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July Empties, Failed Empties, and New Additions

It’s the start of a new months so it’s time for another (really long) empties post! Is anyone else upset about how quickly summer is slipping away?


Items I Used Up


Let’s Cure Pure Skin Basic Skin Exfoliator – Will Repurchase
Full review here. This is a simple but functional pH adjusting toner with just enough hydrating properties to make my skin feel normal again after cleansing. I purchased the CosRX AHA/BHA toner as a replacement because I was curious about it, but I’m missing the Let’s Cure one already.
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March and April Empties

I haven’t done an empties post since February, so there are lots of items in this post!

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Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil

Previously reviewed. This is the best cleansing oil I’ve ever used! Continue reading