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The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Mi Luxury Golden Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ in 23
"Whitening, wrinkle improvement, sunblock functional cosmetic. WHOO brand's exclusive anti-aging ingredient is smoothly absorbed to the skin layer looking as if my very own skin as well-much improved. After your daily skincare routine and the Luxury Golden CC cream, then pat this cushion foundation onto your skin. You will be amazed at the natural glow that comes within from the very below skin layer."
Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic acid, Methyltrimethicone, Zinc oxide, Tromethamine, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/Dimethicone, Disteadimoniumhectolite (sp?), Diisostearyl Malate, Stearic Acid, Nylon-12, Hydroxyfuorine, Talc, Pumpkin Powder, Pearl Powder, Apiaceae Angelica extract, Cornus extract, Antler extract, "Sunbakri" extract (fragrant flower), Atractylodes macrocepala extract, Ginseng extract, Peony extract, Yam extract, Pine extract, Chinese matrimony vine extract, Schisandra extract, Cornus officinalis extract, Rehmannia glutinosa extract, More ginseng extract, Gold, Synthetic fluorogophite (sp?), Tin oxide, Dimethicone/vinyldimethicone cross polymer, Magnesium sulfate, Panthenol, Aluminum hydroxide, Boron nitride, 1,2 hexandiol, Phenoxyetanol, Distearyldimoniumcroriate (sp?), Dimethicone/methicone cross polymer, Tocopheryl acetate, Atractyloides Japonica Root Oil, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Dimethicone, alpha-isomethyl ione, Benzyl benzoate, Benzyl salicylate, "sinnamol", Citronelol, Limonene, Geraniol, Hexyl "sinnamol", Hydroxycitronelol, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl3-Cicylohexanecarboxyaldehyde (sp?), Butylphenyl methylpropional, Fragrance, White, Red, Black *Translated list
My thoughts: As pretty as the packaging is, it's cheaper looking in real life than I'd imagined and there's talc in the formula. :/ I'm still hopeful it may be a great product. It comes with a refill if anyone wants to swap, just leave a comment below!
Where to buy: This post was a bit selfish as you can't get your hands on this limited edition cushion or gloss any longer, but History of Whoo does similar packaging for their Gongjinhyang Mi line which you can buy at AKMall, Hyundaihmall, Shinsegae, Lotte, Lotteimall, or Lottedfs using a shipping service like Avecko.com or Dowaja.com (my bae).
The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Mi Luxury Gloss SPF 10 in 15 Rose
"Luxury lip gloss contains ingredients that are cherished by the royal family."
My thoughts: It's not sticky, the packaging is gorgeous, and actually luxurious unlike the cushion. I know I overpaid for the gloss itself, but don't tell that to my silly grin. I'm happy with it. :)
Where to buy: You can't get your hands on this gloss any longer, but History of Whoo does similar packaging for their Gongjinhyang Mi line which you can buy at AKMall, Hyundaihmall, Shinsegae, Lotte, Lotteimall, or Lottedfs using a shipping service like Avecko.com or Dowaja.com (my bae).
Sidmool The Secret of Red Astaxanthin Concentrate 30 ml x2 via a 1+1 deal
"The secret of the salmon, shrimp, lobster, algae's reddish pigment astaxanthin and eucalyptus leaf extract, clove flower extract in this concentrate will help keep your skin healthy and young."
Ingredients: Astaxanthin (98.7%), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Paridisi extract, Eucalyptus globulus leaf ectract, Eugenia caryophyllus flower extract, Sophora Angustifolia root extract, Citrus junos peel water, Cellulose gum
My thoughts: I've already witnessed the number Astaxanthin can do on my skin. I received these cruddy non-descript sheet masks that contained Astaxanthin, and each time I used one, my skin glowed the ENTIRE next day. Astaxanthin is not as well studied as Niacinamide, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, etc. BUT it's thought to be a monster of an antioxidant, more potent than the three I mentioned before. I have hiiiigh hopes for this 98.7% Astaxanthin potion.
Where to buy:
Shop Sidmool's official storefront < $16.7 for 2 using a shipping service like Avecko.com or Dowaja.com
Sidmool Waterfull Pure Essence Mask Sheet
"This Sidmool waterfull pure essence mask sheet will help skin to be healthy."
Ingredients: Water, butylene glycol, glycerin, 1,2-hexandiol, polyglutamic acid, sodium hyaluronate, caulerpa lentillifera extract, nelumbo nucifera leaf extract, prunus mume fruit extract, portulaca oleracea extract, dioptassium glycyrrhizate, allantoin, panthenol, ethhylhexylglycerin, xanthan gum, lactic acid, citric acid, ascorbic acid
My thoughts: Nevmind, Dowaja isn't bae, this sheet mask is bae. It has polyglutamic acid, which I've been trying to incorporate into my routine. PGA is an amino acid derived from natto (Japanese fermented soybeans) that is supposed to have water-binding powers to rival those of hyaluronic acid, which is also present in this mask. Some claim it's also helpful for acne and rosacea. I give Sidmool sheet masks a thumbs up. They're made of the same kind of cotton as an Etude House mask, so not the best, but the fit is really nice, and it doesn't dry out for over 30 minutes. They'll do your skin a solid. I'll do a more detailed review later but if you've been interested in Sidmool masks, this is a green light! Don't pass GO without them!
Where to buy:
Shop TesterKorea for <$0.50 per!!!! OMG BRB stocking up.
Shop Sidmool's official storefront by way of a shipping service < $1 per mask using a shipping service like Avecko.com or Dowaja.com.
Miguhara Hyalucollagen Moisturizer Aqua-Ctrl version 50 ml
CHECK OUT THE FULL REVIEW OF THIS PRODUCT HERE!
"The moisturizing cream made with BSL methods which are making unique onionskin-shaped emulsion particles. Hyalucollagen in the cream provides moisture to your skin to make its texture healthier and amino moisturizing factors and nutrients are slowly provided to the skin to keep water for long."
Ingredients: Green Tea Extract, Glycerin, ginseng extract, Ophiopogon japonicus root extract, Baloon flower root extract, licorice extract, Astragalus extract, ginger extract, sunflower seed oil, apricot kernel oil, ethylhexyl palmitate, hydrolyzed collagen, Sodium hyaluronate, wild yam root extract, glycol stearate SE, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, hydrogenated lecithin, beeswax, cetearyl glucoside, honeysuckle extract, Sichuan pepper fruit extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Grapefruit extract, Lactobacillus / rooibos leaf fermentation extract, honeysuckle extract fermented filtered water, white mushroom extract, Eclipta prostrata extract, Rehmannia glutinosa extract, "aeyeop" extract (it looks like a fern), Portulaca Oleracea extract, arginine, tocopheryl acetate, acetyl hexapeptide-8, carbomer, allantoin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, disodium EDTA, orange oil, rosewood oil, lavender oil, rosemary leaf oil, fragrance, lemon oil
My thoughts: Hi-five to Miguhara for being one of the brands that can represent Korean beauty as serious, non-gimmicky skincare. This is so close to my dream ingredients list, it's scary! This is the kind of list that would pass even Glow Recipe's curation process. It's based in green tea extract and not water for a boost of antioxidants. Everything in it makes me say 'YUSSS" with the exception of the fragrant oils at the very end of the list and the grapefruit extract. I can't wait to get through the testing period so I can review this one! I already love it. It feels like satin on the skin. It's the most deliciously luxurious feeling ever and it smells like you're slow-mo running through a field in Jeju Island, the Hawaii of South Korea. I've already planned to repurchase this when I run out. By the way, there are two versions of this moisturizer and I picked up the one for combination skin, the 'Aqua-Ctrl'. There is also one for dry skin, but it isn't as high in antioxidants as this one.
Where to buy:
LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE
I added the Sidmool Astaxanthin and the Miguhara Hyalucollagen to my nighttime routine last night - I didn't have the patience to sub them in one after another, so sorry!
But this is what I woke up to!
One of these, or maybe both of these products are magic. I've never had my skin taken to this level of translucency before in my life!
I have my suspicions on what it was, but will investigate further and report back!
Skincare isolation testing fail. Do you always patch test?