[First Take] The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Brands like the Ordinary make me worry about large cosmetic resellers like Sephora and Nordstrom. Effective, affordable, attractive. Asian Beauty brands are one thing because uneducated westerners don’t know how to really shop the products, let alone the different product types they’re used to seeing. But brands like the Ordinary and their parent company DECIEM bring a different philosophy to selling skin care that I’m all about. 

DECIEM created The Ordinary after their two core brands N.I.O.D (Non Invasive Options in Dermal Science) and Hylamide. These two brands offer more advanced formulations and other types of products such as ‘boosters’ and ‘finishers’. NIOD being their attempt at the ‘Ferrari of skincare’ provides people with incredible formulas using the latest technology in active ingredients and dermal science. You can find products from them like Sanskrit Saponins which is a pH balanced, raw saponin cleanser to actually cleanse the skin instead of stripping or purifying it has Lysine an essential amino acid to help optimize skin functionality. They tout the brand as the brand for the hyper obsessed about skin, while I agree it’s definitely a brand of it’s own class, but there’s a lot of exaggeration in the description of some of their products. The Ordinary is the ‘essence’ of these two brands, it essentially delivers  minimalist versions of some of their core brands’ products. So to better understand the differences between these 3 brands lets quick compare their 3 hyaluronic acid serums:

NIOD (top end) – Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Acid Complex – 12 forms of HA – peptide delivery system ($35/.5oz)

Hylamide – Booster – Low Molecular HA – 5 forms of HA ($20/1oz)

The Ordinary – Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – 3 forms of HA – Panthenol ($6.80/1oz)

Kinda classist but hey, even the most expensive is NIOD at $35.00 for .5 oz you could also go to any cosmetics store and find some very basic hyaluronic acid serums for about the same price point. 

This is my first Ordinary product. I kinda forgot about reviewing it until one of my favorite coworkers asked me if I’ve tried anything from them. I got it during a black friday sale for $1.00! However the company didn’t process anything in a timely matter and it took until about a week before christmas to show up at my door. The company also failed to inform customers of the delay. No note in the package, email, or compensation. I literally just got a product a month late that I figured got stolen because it was taking so long. But awful customer service isn’t the formulators fault and they did a pretty good job themselves but it’s worth mentioning before potentially throwing money at them.

Now onto the the HA + B5…


I was pretty impressed with what 6.80 can buy you as far as a Hyaluronic Acid serum goes. It contains HA crosspolymer to give surface hydration, as well as two lower weight forms to insure penetration and deep hydration. The Ordinary notes that when using just regular HA, because of it not being able to penetrate into our skin it can actually pull hydration from the surface of our skin and this is why they use 3 forms. HA is great at pulling that hydration in, but where does it get that hydration from? Generally we expect from the environment, but HA serums will almost always contain a decent amount of water to insure you’re ‘feeding’ that newly absorbed HA. (Also if you live someplace where it’s dry AF the HA isn’t gonna do a lot for you unless it has water to absorb in the product) It also contains Panthenol or B5 to lock in that moisture too.


Here is the ingredient list. Just goes to show how incredibly simple they keep their products. 

Smart formulation, simple and effective. I think as people catch on to brands such as the Ordinary and CosRx we’ll see the beauty industry shifting their skincare market. High end brands have already been hustling to get new improved, more concentrated formulas out on the shelves to sway people back to loyalty. Something western brands get that most Asian Beauty brands do not get! I will definitely be trying some more products out from the Ordinary as well as NOID since this product went well for me. 

I give this HA serum a 8/10, I hope I would give the NIOD version a higher rating but comparing this to my Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Serum, I still prefer Caudalie. For comparison it has 3 forms of HA, peptides, resveratrol and a patent from Harvard University but an $88 price tag. I want to compare the NOID 12 forms to it soon. So we’ll see! HA show down?!

[REVIEW] KIKU-MASAMUNE Sake Skin High Moist Lotion

So is it a facial toner? Sure! Body toner? Yeah dude. It can be what e v e r you want it to be. This lotion is to the western world, a toner (acidic pH included) for drier skin. The white version of this contains alcohol denat. for quick drying and astringent effects for more oily skin. Kiku Masamune is much more than a beauty brand, however. They are a sake brewery first!

Let’s backup and talk about why sake is so great for the skin first. Sake contains two great things for our skin, amino acids and kojic acid. These amino acids like Lysine, Proline, Leucine are building blocks of our actual skin. These help ‘feed’ our skin and skin’s processes such as collagen and elastin synthesis. So in short, amino acids are top notch. (Both externally but as well as internally!)


Kikumasamune’s toner boasts the equivalent of 1 shou of sake (an old japanese measurement that equals ~1800mL) of amino acids in a 500mL bottle. You also find some super ingredients such as ceramide 3 and 6 for moisturizing and repairing the lipid barrier, arbutin a tried and true ingredient for brightening, and Glycyrrhizic acid a derivative of licorice root for soothing. The lotion does come with a cost though. PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil is added, it’s a silky cleansing agent but still not ideal but it’s cheap and it keeps this product at $13 USD from my local Uwajimaya or for about the same here from Amazon

It does have a ever so slight tacky feeling left behind on clean skin, however this works to our advantage when we apply a occlusive on top! I’ve been applying this head to toe out of the shower, I initially wasn’t applying lotion but I was feeling that slight tack so I decided to start applying my Happy Bath Shea 24H Moisture body lotion on top to help not only seal the lotion ingredients in, but to provide that nice silky smooth feeling.

I would recommend this toner for drier skin, anyone wanting to try a ferment based essence but don’t want to commit to a more luxe alternative until you’ve tried it, or for someone looking to amp their body care up. I will continue using this on my face for awhile longer, but I will most likely switch this product over to body only as when I purchased it, that was the deciding factor on this product over another.

All in all I gotta give this product a 7/10 I like it, I really like it for my body, ESPECIALLY under body lotion. But I think I’m going to stick with my regular first treatment essences for my face, just due less ingredients and cleaner product layering.

Mystery Grocery Store Masking [PART 2/?]: Kikumasamune Sake Brewing Face Mask

Oh boy, I was excited for this segment when I first started it, now I’m not sure how I’m going to financially support this segment because I want to go to the grocery store every day to grab some more face masks LOL. 


Today we have Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewing Face Masks. They make this version and then also a ‘Moist’ version that contains placental protein, ceramide, and licorice root extract, I’m very intrigued but wanted to start with this simple and sexy ingredient list so I was more than happy bringing the white ones home instead of the adorable pinks ones that would match the new Moist lotion I got! (Review to come, actual products get way more testing time compared to sheet masks)

I couldn’t decide on Kose or Kiku, but i’m real tired of babies on the front of my packages Kose, talk to Loshi about it.


Why did I pick these up? Kiku-Masamune’s lotions and emulsions are incredibly popular. The brand itself is very interesting, they are also a sake brewing company as well! Not in the same way SK-II was ‘discovered’ at a brewery, I mean they boast concentrating 1,800mL of sake ferment filtrate in every bottle from their OWN brewery that is still in business. Kikumasamune is a brewing company first, their skin care is just an extra blessing. 

This same sake ferment makes it way into these sheet masks as the 3rd ingredient without propylene glycol to be found and her less problematic brother butylene glycol is found very very low on the list and is actually the only /potential/ acne trigger. That’s almost unheard of. Especially in a world of sheet masks where the top 3 ingredients 9/10 times are water, butylene and propylene. 


(this is NOT the moist version therefore the ingredients are incorrect, Oceana USA needs to get their shit together)

The fit of this mask is awful. Incredibly small all the way around, and since it’s a japanese daily mask style they’re drier than most sheet masks so they can ALSO have a hard time sticking. My daiso silicone mask is the only reason I can even try these masks to be frank. This size sheet mask is common in daily sheet masks, they aren’t really made for the mass market as some of the korean big names are. But if you have a silicone mask holder you shouldn’t run into issues with these (or really any other sheet mask)

(the uncut eye and nose holes are good signs of a cheap sheet mask that won’t fit well but of course YMMV)

Overall I was impressed with these, especially all the concentrated amino acids present (all those words ending in ‘sine’), something you normally see in a Peter Thomas Roth serum, not a $1 sheet mask. I can’t wait to try the moist version out, but I feel like my Horse Oil masks are too similar for me to go out of my way to purchase them right now.

They get a 8/10

No issues here except the fit.

(I may have thrown one off my face in rage because it wasn’t cooperating)

Mystery Grocery Store Masking [PART 1/?] : LOSHI Horse Oil Sheet Mask

I’m starting a new segment dedicated to some of the lesser known gems I’ve been coming across actually from my local asian markets! Both stores Uwajimaya and HMart have plenty of masks to choose from however, Uwajimaya has quite a few I’ve never seen before currently. Last time I went looking for skin care there I left disappointed, however I think the surge in stock is because of the holidays. HMart carries more well known brands like Medi-Heal and Mediental but I’ll try to stay away from brands like this as much as I can to bring you some hidden gems to the surface. 

Today I am starting it off with Loshi Horse Oil Moisture Face Mask. 


I bought these at Uwajimaya in Seattle $8 for 7. You can grab them here for $12 I actually didn’t think much of these when I picked them up. Other than the baby is really irrelevant (it’s for rough skin/texture but like, ??? sass baby instead)


I was more stressed about the fact I stumbled upon the motherload of PureSmile masks for their appropriate price of $1.50 (they were $3+ in Portland!) These also don’t get any love or reviews so maybe they’ll be next. 

I love masks that come in resealable packs especially because they’re usually pretty affordable and they’ve never disappointed. One thing to note is masks in this style are usually referred to as ‘daily sheet masks’ because they aren’t DRENCHED in essence like single use masks commonly are, especially like My Scheming masks that give you enough for 17 sheet masks in one pack. (These get most of the hype from the grocery stores unfortunately) Loshi is a japanese brand and they are most famous for their Horse Oil cream. 

The ingredients really impressed me, the ingredients featured on the package are of course Horse Oil, it states that horse oil is similar to human fat and because of this it’ll be supremely moisturizing. Partially true, the lipids found in horse fat will definitely moisturize and protect, but there’s nothing ‘superior’ about using it over another lipid other than the fact the only real studies done show horse oil being only more similar when compared to other animal fats. So unless you’re currently rubbing pig fat on you, horse oil will reign in that category.  The information I’ve found on the subject is slim, just a few studies done in the 50′s speaking to the linoleic content and some other stuff that isn’t really interesting. If you care to read up more (please tell me what you learn!) you can read about it here, here and here


But just one key ingredient wouldn’t get me writing a review, you also spot placenta (nutrition and moisture), royal jelly (moisture), vitamin C (antioxidant, brightening) Collagen (moisture), Glycosphingolipids (superior moisture/N.M.F Natural Moisturizing Factors ) and a few different forms of Hyaluronic acid (hydration) so we see a theme here. 


me fully enjoying soaking in the horse fat and placenta protein. 


(I took the time to type in all the ingredients into cosDNA for the world, you’re welcome internet) 

I really enjoyed this mask after just one use, I can’t wait to try it again tomorrow! There isn’t any scent and my skin feels perfect after application. It leaves you feeling moisturized but not tacky or slimy. My only complaint is the fit is a little off, it’s huge in the cheeks and very narrow everywhere else? Not a deal breaker especially since most sheet masks don’t fit my face well. I’ll definitely be picking another pack up to hold on to next time I’m over there. 

CUROLOGY Experience: Part 1 Congestion Cleanup

I have had a few people ask me how I like Curology and before I made up my mind I REALLY wanted to make sure I gave it the ol college try by giving it over a month.

Why I started Curology


It’s always a weird feeling for me speaking to a dermatologist, or in this case a NP-C (they also have MDs and PA-Cs) about my own skin. It’s one thing for me to talk about products, ingredients and effects. I do it to put the roof over my head. It’s a whole different story when we are talking about the quality of my skin. Ya boy ain’t leadin’ by example 100% of the time let me just say that. But I had years and years of never ever cleansing, awful sun damage, pretty bad acne, and absolutely no guidance on the matter. So there was a lot of ground to make up. I got the majority of the damage cleared up over a year and a half. I made incredible improvements but after that my progress essentially plateaued.

Congestion was still present on my forehead, my major problem area (”scene kid” bangs in high school were like the worst idea of my life), my sebaceous filaments on my nose have always resurfaced quickly after treatment. Lastly, I am showing signs of accelerated aging from everything above, personal life/prolonged stress and malnourishment so I really actually since my move I’ve been working on slowly slower than I needed improving my well being completely. Everything from sleeping more, to very recently improving my nutrition. But after so long of battling the very last of my skin concerns I just wanted to nip them in the butt completely and I concluded it was time for the next step, prescription treatment. Since I have used and experienced pretty much every type of OTC treatment for my concern.

Getting Started/Consultation

I signed up for curology with some random free month code I found online. But they have changed their model now to offer a free trial, you just cover shipping. After that it is $19.95/month and that covers “custom medication, formula tweaks, and free messaging with your medical provider”. I don’t think it’s all too bad if you think about the fact the treatment is supposed to last 3 months. You’re paying more than that $60 for most mainstream OTC retinols, treatments, etc.

After signing up you’ll upload photos of your areas of concern and do a questionnaire about your skin. Then in a day or so your assigned practitioner will message you about the game plan (whether you need medication or not, however they say that most people do not need it) about your treatment and then also some do’s and dont’s.

The process was crazy easy and so easy my grandma could do it. I signed up over the weekend and got a notification that my treatment was being processed and I had a message from my practitioner. I had a few initial questions and they were all answered in a pretty timely matter. I also like that she recommended me to look up the products I currently use on CosDNA to see if there were any potential culprits contributing to my concerns. Of course I do this like everyday for fun and did it with every products I’m using before I let it touch my face, but you know that’s ooooKay.  I was recommended to steer away from anything that rated over a 1-2/5 for irritation and acne trigger. The only thing that I recommend outside of this is if you’re concerned of a high safety rating please research the ingredient. Sometimes they’re rated too high or are only unsafe when ingested, etc.

I was prescribed:

– azelaic acid 8% (antibacterial; reduces redness, hyperpigmentation, and blocked pores)
– clindamycin 1% (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory)
– zinc pyrithione 0.25% (antimicrobial with dual action against bacteria and fungus)

While my concerns are mainly centered around acne I wasn’t surprised. But I was disappointed there were no ingredients that had substantial anti-aging and retexturizing properties. I didn’t ask change anything because I wanted to put my trust in the practitioner.


Ingredients offered

On the Face

I was so excited when my package came. I felt like it was the last step of the intensive part of my skin journey. It may be, but it hasn’t started perfectly. I did as suggested and cut my routine down dramatically. After a couple of nights of seeing how my skin reacted to it I started slowly adding more of my routine back.


My progress started slower than I anticipated. Especially coming off of my retinol I figured my cell turnover speed would be in my favor and I could move on. But that wasn’t really the case. For the first couple of weeks I didn’t notice much, I had two minor cystic breakouts on my forehead but that was really about it. No improvement but not a whole lot of issue.

About a week after I started noticing the positives and still not noticing a whole lot of bad. At this point I was back to double cleansing and using a full routine safely around actives. (using them before anything else and waiting 20+ minutes before following with the rest of my routine.) My foreheads congestion was almost completely gone, my sebaceous filaments on my nose do not oxidize as quickly, nor do I really notice them terribly anymore.


After a few more weeks of gradually seeing these improvements I get a second wave of purging. This time in weird areas, places that I haven’t had congestion or a breakout for awhile. My lower left side of my chin and a few areas on my cheeks I had new breakouts forming. Then the one on my chin turned for the worse. I’ve had it for a little over a week now. I’m pretty tired of the breakouts, especially the cystic ones. I understand why they happen but if I was my own client and I explained everything going on I would most likely think it’s time to change the treatment up. I feel as if I have gained as much as I can from the anti-acne trio but it may be time to cut down the amount of anti-acne and increase the anti-aging.


Left before, Right after

Taken after cleansing

(Yeah these weren’t the best before and afters and I definitely just cropped the ones I sent in LOL)

I have messaged my provider and uploaded updated before and after photos of my face. I am currently waiting for a response. We’ll see where she takes me next. But overall I have been enjoying my curology experience. I’ve been given an effective treatment for my concerns however I think it’s time to move on out of the purging phase. We’ll see what she says and I’ll update this ending!

UPDATE 12/6/16:

I got a response from my provider and they want me to continue this treatment (understandably, because I would say the same thing if it were my client because it hasn’t been a whole 3 month treatment period) and I really just wanna say “Guys, I got it! My congestions good 2 go. Keep 2/3 ingredients in there if you wanna be safe but PLS IT’S TIME” But I’m respecting it. However, I start itchin’ at the thought of finding a tretinoin otc from overseas and cancel… But we shall continue….

[REVIEW] Blithe Vital Treatment Essence – 5 Energy Roots

My ears perk when I hear ginseng mentioned. I love it internally and externally. So when I saw this Essence wasn’t ginseng reliant like many essences you can find but was still ~11% I was intrigued.


I feel a lot of the times texture is something that improves with price. Have you ever felt AMOREPACIFIC moisturizers? They can make gels that feel like heaven and creams that melt like butter into your skin. You’ll find dimethicone on the ingredient list however, very low. You’ll also spot argan and olive oil to help provide some lipid nourishment and improve absorption. The 5 energy roots they’re talking about are Red Panax Ginseng, Grandiflorum Root Extract, Lanceolata Root Extract, Indian Lotus Leaf & Greater Burdock Root. These 5 work in perfect synergy to really make this essence stellar. 

Ginseng is top of the list and filled to the brim with all the good stuff vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One unique thing about ginseng it it’s stimulating properties that give you a great instant glow. Also ginseng is what is known as an adaptogenic, in natural medicine these are substances that are known for having a normalization effect on the skin. Wether it be stress, fatigue, pollutants; ginseng is said to help exert the bad and normalize the good. 

Grandiflorum Root: Helps brighten and reduce skin sensitivity

Lanceolata Root also reduces skin sensitivity, and also said to help speed up wound healing and promote skin cell turnover. 

Indian Lotus Leaf is full of vitamins C and B6 as well as minerals copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Great for fighting acne, congestion, and texture. 

Greater Burdock Root is another great anti inflammatory and antioxidant .

However I do want to note you can ‘overdue’ this essence too. When I layer two essences under this one they are a 96.5% Galactomyces FTE that’s water consistency, then Benton Snail Bee essence that absorbs completely, THEN this beaut. No other order would has worked better so far. I’ve also had CosRx Whitening Power Essence not play entirely well with it. I suspect this to do with it being slightly thicker and tackier compared to others. 



Overall, I am loving this Essence. After sampling it for a few weeks I knew I had to try a bottle out for myself. It’s consistency is key. In this case the consistency of the essence itself. By itself or layered with two other essences I always feel my face can absorb/dry really well and I always feel refreshed without a doubt after using this essence. 

I give it 8/10 I wish it was just a tad bit thinner at times, and I really wish it didn’t have as many emulsifiers added (this kinda runs back to the thinner part but y’know). But I would DEF repurchase this, if I got it for the price I did again! 

[REVIEW] SKIN FOOD Rice Wash Off Mask

Guys, this was a dud. Sorry. 


(like I’m not even gonna take updated photos of it)

I’ve seen so many reviews raving about this mask. I see it in almost every asian beauty store I go to and it’s just like ??? why ??? to me now. The first time I tried it I thought I initially liked it. Over a few uses I grew really tired of it. I didn’t really notice anything except my face feeling pretty smooth afterwards. But then when I started ingredient digging I started to grow less and less fond of it. 

Let’s take a look:


Just one measly quality ingredient callout. It’s really just the product is imbalanced. It’s not very exfoliating at all, i’m assuming it uses jojoba beads as hydrogenated jojoba oil is included but I don’t see any other potential exfoliant on the list. It has a few mild acne triggers as well as most of the “moisturized” feeling will be coming from the film forming ingredients like sucrose cocoate, and silicone ingredients like dimethicone and cyclopentasiloxane. 

After leaving this mask on for 10-15 minutes you rinse and carry on with your routine. However still feeling a light film, I go over my face with some toner on cotton pads to remove it. 

I really don’t have a lot more to say about it other than, I wouldn’t waste my money on it again. It just didn’t do anything well. Brightening? No more than washing my face. Exfoliating? Barely Moisturizing? Not in my book.

Rating 2/10 

*mouth fart* 

[REVIEW] CosRx Overnight Nourishing Rice Mask

I hate waking up in the morning. Unless I get on some outstanding sleep the night before. But this sleep mask always got me feelin’ some type of way so I had to get up and write about it. 


Now the name is the key purpose of this mask, a sleeping mask; but you can also use it as a wash off mask but applying more, or as a cream by apply just a little less. For review purposes (but also personal purposes I guess) I’m using this solely as a sleeping mask. If you’ve never heard of a sleeping mask before I’ve made a post about them here

Okay but what did I wanna try THIS one?

Well I simply resonated with this part of the products advertisement so I thought it may be worth a go:

like seriously I DON’T need it anymore….

Let’s look at the ingredients: 


Oryza sativa (rice) extract (65%), butylene glycol, glycerin, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, betaine, niacinamide, dimethicone, 1,2-hexanediol, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, elaeis guineensis (palm) oil, guineensis (palm) kernel oil, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, cetearyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, arginine, carbomer, allantoin, xanthan gum. 

Check out the CosDNA posting for more info on safety and acne triggers 

Also, if you wanna see the full obnoxious advertisement for this product from the brand, I posted it here!

nothing rates over a 2 which in my book is great. 

That’s a gorgeous amount of rice extract in here which is loaded with B vitamins to increase hydration and promote skin cell turn over but also other key components are skin loves like omega-6 (linolenic acid). But there’s not a ton of ingredients bolded because there aren’t a ton I’m head over heels about. But CosRx is very minimalist so there’s nothing in here that doesn’t need to be. 

However, I would like to see palm oil omitted because of it’s environmental impact. And those who worry about too much dimethicone, I haven’t ran into any issues with my problematic areas breaking out from this product. It most likely has a very small amount, especially due to rice extract being 65% before including butylene glycol and glycerin which also will take a decent amount of room up and it doesn’t really have any feeling reminiscent of it either. 

Most sleeping masks leave me feeling pretty ‘normal’ in the morning. Definitely not dry, but also not entirely moisturized either. Nothing out of the ordinary however this mask leaves you feeling just like how you did before you went to sleep. Dewy, hydrated and smooooooth. I’ve noticed with continued use of this mask I feel less and less inclined to wash my face in the morning. Usually it feels like a necessity. I need to get any dirt off and start rehydrating ASAP but with this guy, nope. I’ve just been running a quick miceller water over my face and feeling ready to go.

I haven’t noticed a lot of major results from this sleeping mask, however I don’t really expect to see a ton. I do love that I’ve been waking up still moisturized rather than feeling dry. And I love with a whopping 65% rice extract my skin’s clarity has really improved. 

I give this sleeping mask a 9.8/10 whaaaaaaaaat.

.2 marked off because I don’t think there’s a such thing as a perfect product. But if there was, this bad boy gets real close.

[REVIEW] J.One Jelly Pack

Sticky Bliss

If I did TL:DRs this one would say something along the lines of “stop complaining and let it sit there for 5 minutes. Do your d*mn makeup and admire. But you should rly read to see why.


Here it is in it’s—I’m assuming—Korean packaging.


This magical Jelly Pack was created by Ha Ji-Won, a very famous k drama actress, in collaboration with RE:CIPE, a kbeauty brand that’s pretty well known in Korea. They’ve made some really cool products in the past like their award winning Slowganic Cleanser. (I tried a ‘knock off’ version from Skin79) Ha Ji-Won and a few other Korean celebrities are starting a trend of one step routines.


 This product is all about it’s versatility. You can use it as a morning mask, one and done product in the morning, or sleeping mask. Best part is you can use it after a 50 step routine or use it as a one and done. It works just the same and it’s great.

Loaded with fullerene my latest obsession. What is fullerene? Fullerene is actually super complicated and not used in a lot of skincare but has been shown to be incredibly effective and we see it more and more everyday. Okay, BUT WHAT IS IT? It is a derivative of vitamin C60 specifically for cosmetic use. Now you may ask the question, what is vitamin C60? It has it’s own website by it’s producers:


Some more detail on how it works though: It’s essentially like a super powered free radical sponge that works more effectively than vitamin C. Like 250 times better. The people who produce Fullerene sell it multiple forms! For those of you scratching your head as to what a ‘free radical sponge’ would do, free radicals are what literally age us. They are what oxidizes our skin, groups of atoms that are missing electrons that wanna steal them from our healthy skin. Antioxidants come in and lend an electron to them so they don’t oxidize our healthy skin!


In this Jelly Pack it doesn’t actually say which specific type it contains, but i’m assuming it’s Veil Fullerene due to the launch date of the product, consistency, and it’s intended application.But this makes me really interested in trying other types of Fullerene, especially Moist Fullerene.

Anyways that’s just ONE ingredient. Here are the rest broken down:

Niacinamide(conditioning), Rosa Damascena Flower Water(soothing/hydrating), Rosemary Leaf Water(cooling), Chamomile Flower Water(soothing), Yeast/Fermented black tea extract(loaded w/ B vitamins/conditioning) , Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Nuphar Luteum Flower Extract, Sea Daffodil Flower Extract(inhibits dark spot production), Glycerin(hydrating), Adenosine(conditioning, anti-wrinkle), Hydrolyzed Hylauronic Acid(hydrating)

So this product really is the bee’s knees when it comes to ingredients. But how is it on the skin? Application is tricky and definitely can take some practice.

Suggested use says: “Apply two or three pumps to cleansed skin in an upward and outward sweeping motion, gently patting until absorbed.” But too much sweeping can sometimes ruin it. Best thing to do is go by area (Forehead first, then nose and chin, then left cheek, right cheek. (Like if you have a clarisonic or similar), apply a dab, then sweep across ONCE then take 4 of your fingers and pat away. Pat until theirs no MAJOR shine. (see: third picture below is still incomplete) Then I like to wait a minute, but not too long and apply bb cream or foundation as normal.


I recommend you try it on the back of your hand initially, and then apply foundation to the back of both of your hands and compare. The texture is weird and admittedly uncomfortable at first, but goes away and gives you incredible results, in both skincare, and color. Check the color difference out between the two sides.

Top is with jelly pack, bottom is without.

Product: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey

Pretty huge! Overall I give this product a 8/10. I wish it just wasn’t SO tacky upon application, it’s a bit of a turn off when thinking about applying it. But then I remember how refreshed I feel and how bomb my bb cream looks all day.

You can find it right now in many Sephora locations. If you like it, turn around find it ON AMAZON for ~$22.50 currently. With a printed expiration date for added relief:


I hope you enjoyed this in depth look of a product that’s often hyped but never explained thoroughly.

[REVIEW] Primary Raw DoYou Azulene Gel Cream vs Soy Milk Cream

Just a heads up this gon’ be a beautiful post. 

I decided I was done lusting after them I was going to more Primary Raw after falling in love with their 2 Step Facial Therapy sheet mask set. I started with the Soy Milk Cream since it’s only available online and if I hated it I could bring it back to my local Sephora and pick up the Azulene Gel Cream instead since it is sold currently in select locations.


This cream has a ‘gummy’ consistency that really reminds me of Joseon Dynasty Cream. So much in fact I returned it based on the fact that they are more similar in functionality and even to some extent ingredient wise. I may return to it once I run out of that but until then I’m sticking with the hanbang cream.

I also had a love/hate relationship with how the cream performed under makeup application, which was not too well. The product doesn’t product ball up often, and it only has when trying to apply foundation on top. This could have something to do with the cream having a high content of dimethicone, and could be the trigger of my recent forehead blemishes (also something that occurred with the Dynasty Cream!)

But what I loved about it are the ingredients. (Shocking) 


Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tritcum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasloxane, Lactobacillus/Soymilk Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Beta-Glucan, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Copper Tripeptide-1, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Algae Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutia (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii, Arginine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Troplone, Lactobacillus/Aspergillus/Prunus Mume Extract Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Natto Gum, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Allantoin, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra(Licorice) Extract, Mannan, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Lysolecithin, Soy Isoflavone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Seed Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ceramide 3, Ubiquinone, Caramel, Citrus Aurantium Bergarnia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorate Flower Oil, Juniperus Oxycedrus Fruit Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil.

Repairing: Niacinamide, Snail, Beta-Glucan, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8

This is a pretty impressive list of repairing ingredients for a moisturizer all incredibly effective.

There are quite a bit of ingredients in here but I love that it’s formulated with Rice Water instead of just regular ol’ water. I would definitely recommend this cream to anyone who was on the fence about it, especially if purchasing from sephora with their great return policy. It shows promise for it’s claims of achieving ‘aqua filled skin’ the ultimate goal of Korean Beauty of bright, plump, dewy, radiant skin.


DoYou Soy Milk Azulene Gel Cream found a spot in my morning routine however. Formulated with ZERO water. It uses super hydrating bamboo sap as the first ingredient. Following close behind it is Witch Hazel, great for hormonal breakouts and keeping skin clear and congestion free. Little vitamin capsules help deliver power ingredients like Niacinamide and Fermented Soy Milk to nourish and balance skin. Best part is the gel contains Azulene collected from steam distillation which is a superior anti inflammatory ingredient; to help back it up you also find Chamomile and Green Tea.


There are two areas of listed ingredients, I am unsure if one is for the gel and the other is for the vitamin capsule, or they’re both just the whole thing but one side shows more ingredients than the other?

Anyways, there are a ton of anti inflammatories in here along side anti acne and other conditioning ingredients. I’ve fallen in love with the gel cream and it’s sitting comfortable as my new daytime moisturizer.

Soy Milk Cream Rating: 9/10

Azulene Gel Cream Rating: 9/10

yeah, either way you’re not going wrong.