Dear by Enprani Moistfull Booskin review

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Dear by Enprani Moistfull Booskin (65 ml)
Resurrection plant's great recyclability and witch hazel's moisturizing effect make your skin moist, maximizing your skin condition for the next step of skin care.
Spring hyaluronic acid and green collagen make synergy effect making moisturizing effect over twice.
Volume Hyaluron Complex ingredient helps strong absorption of moisture.
With this elastic stype texture, the more you tap with your hands, the deeper it is absorbed to your skin moist.
The full size comes in a glass bottle, this smaller versions is made out of plastic
 It may or may not be common knowledge that I find toners a very boring product that I usually don’t purchase because I just can’t be bothered paying money for a meh product.
Luckily, due to travel sets, Memebox and awesome friends, I still get to try a few toners.
The overwhelming average of them under perform so much that I usually can’t even be bothered to blog about it since I don’t have much to say.
Thanks to the lovely Ladymoonlight from Unfade what Fades I got to try this little cutie when she put it into one of our cosmetic swap boxes.

Besides loving the packaging and the text that is on the bottle, I really wanted to try this out since I had a lot of success with Dear Enpranis Bounce Cheese cream in the past.
At the same time I didn't have many hopes of being wowed, so I kind of put using it off a little while.
I have to say that the bottle is not only attractive but very practical, the toner is made out of plastic so it won’t break but still manages to not look cheap.

The text on the bottle taken from the box
The aperture is the perfect size and even though the toner is very liquid it won’t splash all over your hand.
It is incredibly difficult to pin point the smell of it since I have never smelled anything like it.
I am not even going to attempt it but if you own this, I would love to hear your take on the smell.
It is not very strong, doesn’t linger and is not really that noticeable unless you stick your nose into it.
The texture is watery but with a weight to it.
There is a bit of a stringiness without it being sticky.
I have noticed that a lot of Asian skincare has that quality but I have never seen it in western products.
It might sound kind of gross but it is not at all, especially since it is only noticeable if you start playing around with the product.
Something I only do to be able to describe textures better to all of you.

Its a little hard to see but it goes from stringy to liquid
Now you are probably wondering why I like this toner more than any other.
It actually does what I hoped the Hada Labo lotion would do.
It hydrates!
If you apply it by itself you might not notice much of a difference, or the awaited moist effect isn't noticeable.
When I use this product though, my skin feels definitely better and more hydrated.
It is not anything immediate and I suspect it takes place a couple of days after regular usage.
It seems to boost all my other products and also gives me that big dose of moisture I always crave. During the duration of using it my skin was not dehydrated at all!
That is amazing to me since I haven’t been able to fight dehydration for a long time.

Watery
I have tried it with different combinations of pre and post toner items in my routine and it always increases my skins hydration.
I have also used the same routines without this toner and my skin felt better with it every time.
This is the first toner that actually made a difference and didn’t just do its job of, well, toning.
If there is any toner I would purchase full size it would be this one!
I can’t wait to try other products by Dear Enprani and see if they are as wonderful as this one!

Ingredients: Can't find them
PH:5
Available on Koreadepart
Available on Ebay


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 Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha
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Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha - See more at: http://35thofmay.blogspot.de/#sthash.DD0vn6Vc.dpuf
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha - See more at: http://35thofmay.blogspot.de/#sthash.DD0vn6Vc.dpuf
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha - See more at: http://35thofmay.blogspot.de/#sthash.qyZz9pl1.dpuf
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha - See more at: http://35thofmay.blogspot.de/#sthash.qyZz9pl1.dpuf
 A toner that does what it promises suitable for every skintype.

Woeful Windsday


Today is an Edward Gorey kind of day.
While searching for some of his art to add to todays Woeful Windsday I found this short little intro videos instead!



Koreadepart revealed and reviewed aka the Haul of Doom!

The never ending wait!
Ordering this parcel was such a ginormous ordeal!
My suspicion is that this package was cursed and I can't believe that it was even worse than my Testerkorea experience!
I have to say that it was not really Koreadeparts fault, well a little bit but mostly the post.
I ordered this package for the sole reason of getting some decently priced Chosungah 22 products. Included in this package were also two items that were supposed to be reviewed for Octobers Halloween extravaganza.
Needless to say, they never arrived in time.

Look at them! *gasp*
I ordered from Koreadepart before, it was December 2013 and the parcel was sent to Spain.
It arrived in a timely order and had a few samples as well.
Nothing special happened so I was completely fine ordering from them again.
I find the shipping cost a bit steep but since the other items were on sale and difficult to find I was Ok with it.
I ordered on the 19th of August and the package didn't arrive until the 29th of October.
Yep, you read that right!
It took 2 and a half plus a lot of worries and heart ache to get this order to my house.
Lets not forget the money of course, this turned out to be my most expensive order yet!

Probably the saddest episode in cartoon history!
It was shipped on the 21st and I thought everything was going well.
What a fool I was!
By the 29th I realized something was wrong.
I called the post office about a million times and every single person gave me a different answer.
All I knew was that my package was in customs and I was not getting the notification I needed to pick it up.
After calling for two weeks every other day, the package was of course sent back.
I wrote Koreadepart that the parcel was being sent back because of some postal issues and that I can not get my shipping money back since the sender would have to talk to the post to get the costs refunded, since I, as the receiver had no rights to the package yet.
They answered fast but told me that I can either pay for shipping again or get the money refunded, sans shipping cost of course.
After a bit of back and forth they agreed to give me a 50% discount for my shipping cost.
By that time I agreed like a fool being so tired of this drama and decided to go for EMS so I can get this over with fast.
 
Oh boy, was I wrong again!
I asked Koreadepart to write certain things on the customs form so it wouldn’t get stuck there again, I had suspicions that whatever they wrote on the form was the reason I was not getting my package. First they refused and then they agreed to write nothing at all and send it again.
I did not ask for that of course, since I know that like that it will get stuck in customs for sure.
By the time I received the email it was already too late and the parcel was sent.
After 3 days it got stuck in customs again!

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I called since after waiting a whole week I was still not receiving my pick up paper.
For another week I had issues with the postal service people telling me different stories each time I called.
Finally I talked to a lovely lady who actually helped me when I was all panicky since I was about to leave on a holiday.
I knew that if I wouldn’t get it before leaving, my package would be sent back again.
The day before I left I got the pick up number at 2 pm and had to rush to the customs office which is one and a half hours away from my house.
So instead of packing and dying my hair I had to spent 3 hours in a train, 2 hours in customs and had to pay money on top of it since apparently shipping money has to be taxed too.
Well you can imagine I was not happy!

This whole ordeal was very exhausting and draining to me.
I am broke and very introverted, so spending money for skincare already makes me feel guilty enough, but spending 40$ for shipping (more than the products themselves) is not something I can really justify.
Besides the fact that talking to people on the phone, complaining to companies and strangers is very hard for me.
It gives me anxiety and in the end I just pay or hang up even if I feel I am being treated wrongly.

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As the cherry on top, Koreadepart used my pseudonym instead of my real name, which very probably lead to the paper never reaching me.
To be honest, my apartment number was on the box and the post man could have just dropped it in anyways.
So I don’t really know whose fault it was. 
You can imagine that when the parcel arrived I was not very exited about the contents.

Yey :(
On top of that I received a wrongly advertised item.
I ordered Wonder milk and got Celeb milk.
At least Koreadepart handled this situation well!
They answered me very fast and offered me three solutions to this.
I chose to get the right item sent to me free of charge.
Lets hope it arrives!

Everything was well packaged

I have to say that besides everything being well packaged one of my product boxes got dented and a little dirty, which is no big deal, but as a Blogger I want my product boxes to be pristine!

On the bright side, I received a decent amount of samples, even though it is more or less the amount Koreadepart usually gives out.
I got a sheet mask, which a lot of people seem to get as samples regularly, but this was actually my first time.
The other sample sachets were nicely coordinate by pastel shades, possibly a coincidence, and one of them was by a high end brand.
I also received a deluxe sample, which I always appreciate.
Unfortunately, I was not very pumped about samples anymore, it would have taken a bunch of deluxe samples and other trinkets to make me feel like they did an effort to pay me back after this whole trouble.

I always like some color coordination!
I won’t be ordering from Koreadepart for now.
Not because it is a bad store but simply because I feel like if they or the post make a mistake they should treat their customers better until they are completely satisfied with the ordering process.
I have had other issues with online companies, be it their fault or someone elses, if they treat me with respect and try to make up for what happened I will not hold any bad feelings.
Things can go wrong and I understand that very well.
I ran an Etsy shop for years, and even if it might have been on a  smaller scale the principles are still the same.
If your customers aren’t happy they wont return.


Products I ordered:
Shara Shara Oz pumpkin hand cream
Chosungah Wondermilk
Chosungah Viva Pep Souffle Triple Kit
Skinfood Charcoal Gonyak Cleansing Puff
Etude House Silky Cotton Pad

Samples:
Etude House Baby Choux base in green
Etude House Nutrifull Shea Butter cream 2x
O Hui The First Cell Source
Beyond Aqua Bloom Moisture cream
The Face Shop Mango Seed Glow Date prep Butter
Lioele Sunscreen
AC Care Essence Mask in Red Solution
 
What was your most traumatizing online shopping experiences?

Cleanse off aka Johnny Clydes triple knockout review

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Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing  Foam 
Formulated with baking powder and to gently exfoliate skin and penetrate pores for a thorough cleanse.
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha - See more at: http://35thofmay.blogspot.de/#sthash.sgYGQrI2.dpuf
 

Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing  Foam review

Whaaaaat is this stuff now?
It's like soap died and was cremated and now you wash your face with it.
It tastes like citrus fruit. I meant to write smells like, but I'm keeping it.
 It's alright once you lather it up but you can still feel the remnants of the cremated soap ash.
I didn't really like it.
It reminded me of that nasty pink powder soap you find in schools that don't care about anyone.
It kinda made my skin break out a bit, so that's always fun.
Also it made my skin feel really dry and scaly so I recommend it for people I don't like and for people that are into washing their faces with diluted wet sandpaper.


Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing  Foam review

Moi's thoughts:
The texture of this is standard foam cleanser creamy with the added touch of grainyness. 
I can only assume from the baking powder.
It did nothing special besides give Johnny spots. 
Without the right PH I would not recommend this since it didn't do anything particularly well. 
I heard the Deep BB cleanser is better and I would like to try that one out eventually. 

Ingredients: Here
PH: 9


 Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha 


Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha - See more at: http://35thofmay.blogspot.de/#sthash.sgYGQrI2.dpuf
Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha - See more at: http://35thofmay.blogspot.de/#sthash.sgYGQrI2.dpu



Etude House Milky You One step Cleansing Foam
This Cleansing Foam cleanses in just ore step, instantly melting away dirt, impurities, and makeup for moist and smooth baby skin. 

Etude House Milky You One step Cleansing Foam review

Finally!
A reason to splash donkey milk on my skin!
I don't know if it is donkey milk but I think it is. This stuff was actually pretty nice.
If I could describe the feeling I'd say it's like dipping a cooking into a glass of milk but you leave it in for too long and a bit of the cookie breaks off but you don't really mind cause you'll have a nice cookie bit surprise when you drink your milk. Except on your face.
It lathers really well and left my skin feeling as soft as a donkeys milk. (don't quote me on that)
My face felt especially soft when I moved around, it was like the air was licking the donkey milk from my face in a good way.

Etude House Milky You One step Cleansing Foam review
Middle swatch is without water, right one mixed with water
Moi's thoughts:
I liked the smell and texture of this.  
It was kinda gooey but in a fun way.

Etude House Milky You One step Cleansing Foam review gif

Unfortunately it was used up before I could test it for its Makeup removing abilities. 
Otherwise it wasn't really special and once again the PH is too high for me to consider purchasing this again. 

Ingredients: Here
PH: 8.5



Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha



Tonymoly AC Control Acne Foam Cleanser

Tonymoly AC Control Acne Foam Cleanser review

(you must read the following out loud)
Tony moly holy schmoly you should have told me you taste like guacamole.
(I didn't actually taste it, thank god. Guacamole is horrible horrible stuff. Horrible.)
It's a pretty thick cream that didn't lather really well, it didn't make me break out or anything but it didn't do anything positive for me either.
It didn't really make my skin blemish free, so it was just kind of a whole bunch of wasted time

Tonymoly AC Control Acne Foam Cleanser review
Middle swatch is without water, right one mixed with water
 Moi's thought:
I feel more or less the same way about this than the other two.
The PH is a no go for me and no miracles were performed either.

Ingredients: Couldn't find any
PH:  8.5



Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha



On an end note a wet kitty!

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The (no) skincare experiment aka How I survived without cosmetics for 36 hours

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A couple of months ago I decided to do an experiment.
The reasoning behind this was to find out how much skincare really does for my skin and will it adapt itself to not getting pampered every day.
There seems to be a large amount of people thinking that less is more, that one only needs one or two products to have healthy skin, that too many products aren't good for us or that no products are better since that is how we have been created.
While I do believe that few products might work for some people I disagree with most of the other statements.
My skin is quite complicated and simply doesn't do well with a very basic routine.
I know a lot of people have gotten worse skin after starting to use cosmetics, but keep in mind, those people probably used the wrong products that didn't work well with their skin.
There is a gazillion types of skincare in the world and even if you tried a ton and feel like none of them improve your complexion there will always be some borderline miracle product that might just change your skins life!
Believe me, I was there and I am happy to announce that there are such things as amazing products!

I decided to do this experiment with dear Johnny Clyde, his skin was supposed to provide a balance to compare my dry to normal and break out prone skin.
His skin is usually easy to handle, where as mine is, a pain in the buns.

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The rules were these, absolutely no cosmetics whatsoever for the both of us for 36 hours.
Water was allowed to cleanse our faces, however much pure water can cleanse of course.


Day 1
The first night I stopped using all forms of skincare, the area around my jaw and ears started to itch, Johnny Clyde reported no discomfort at all.
The next morning, I noticed some bits of dry skin on my cheeks and nose, after washing my face with water it became tight and uncomfortable.


By mid day my eyebrows started to itch and it was uncomfortable to make facial expressions.
Johnny Clyde had none of my issues, which makes sense since my skin is very dry and his isn’t.

Day 2
By the second day my face was still dry and the bits of dead skin had multiplied, it felt tighter than the day before and  some red spots appeared around my hairline and cheeks.
My skin wasn't sandpaper rough but significantly less smooth than before.
During the day two red spots appeared on my left cheek and it became painful to do facial expressions.


Johnnys skin became a little rougher and less clear, dead skin started showing around his forehead and nose, sebaceous filaments became more visible.
Spots started forming, a few smaller ones all over his face but an especially big cystic looking bugger on one of his cheeks joined the party.
Still he reported no discomfort.

36 hours turned into 40 and I finally decided to stop the experiment since the pain got quite strong and moving my face was out of question.
The red spots worried me as well.

By the end of it this seemed a good option!
To recover, I applied many many layers of hydration to get my skin back to normal.
The bits of dead skin diminished after a long oil massage. The itching stopped as soon as I finished the rest of the routine.
I decided to do a deep cleansing and the amount of dirt that came out was appalling even though we didn't leave the house for the duration of the experiment.
Afterwards, I applied a sheet mask and layered several hydrating products followed by a rich cream and sleeping pack.
The day after pictures were taken after the night and morning routine.

The dead skin is gone and my complexion seems moist and glowy, the redness has diminished
My skin took about a week to recover from the 40 hours of experimenting.
Johnnys skin recovered after a few days, but it took quite a bit to get rid of the dehydration and get his pores nice and clean again.
As soon as we started his routine the spots slowly disappeared and he didn’t get any new ones for a while.

By the time I was done I wanted to soak in pure hydration for days!
There is no way I will try this again, my face is not meant for a simple routine and it was too uncomfortable to repeat.
Just using a cleanser and a cream doesn’t work either, it simply doesn’t give me enough hydration and moisture.
As I get older, I notice that my skin is more demanding than before and that weather and other factors influence the state of it as well.
I would like to note that I have been taking omega 3 and 6 supplements for a while now and unfortunately they make no difference in the dryness of my skin.
I have been taking a high dose daily for 3 months and for the past 2 weeks I have doubled the amount. My skin does look better when I am eating a very very healthy diet (not the case right now) but the dryness always stays the same.
So if  people tell you to drink more water, eat healthier or take supplements to get rid of dry skin, that will probably not happen.
Dry skin is not a condition but the way your skin is.
Water doesn’t reach the dermis when you drink it and eating healthy is fantastic but can only do so much.

If I drink 1 Liter or 4, my skin will be just as dry!
Some peoples skin is simply more complicated than others and there is no shame in that.
You are not vain or superficial just because you apply ten skincare products on your face a day.
If you feel like that is what you need for your skin to feel comfortable than go ahead and enjoy it.
There have been some fads recently that make it seem like less is more but we are all very different and one method can not suit all of us equally.
I am not saying that everyone should have an extensive routine, but just that you need to decide for yourself how much works best for you. If you have no routine and it worked well for you so far it might not always stay that way, or maybe you are a lucky freak of nature that has skin that is naturally happy with just air and love.
Most of us aren’t like that though, and we will get sun damage or even cancer, age horribly or break out like crazy from not cleaning our skin properly. I mean we wash our bodies, teeth and hair regularly too, but why not our faces?
In the end, what we do with our bodies should always be our own choice and it shouldn’t matter what other say. Do what makes you feel good without harming others and if that means you want to bathe in moisturizer then so be it.
Right about now that actually sounds very appealing, my skin is tight and my face is itchy.
I think that is my queue to go slather myself in some moist goodness and feel soothed and refreshed!

Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips Talk Lipstick in Scared Red, RD 306 review

http://www.prettyandcute.com/Etude-House-Dear-My-Blooming-Lip-Talk-p5123.html

Etude House Dear My Blooming Lips Talk (3.4g)
Smooth textured lipstick supplies vivid color and moist shine.


After quite a bit of time using Korean Cosmetics, I have to admit that I get surprised when I use an item for the first time.
It took me two years after converting to Asian beauty products to try my first Korean Lipstick.
Why did it take so long? Because I am so obsessed with Lip tints that I had no time for Lipsticks.
I decided to go for the Etude House My Blooming Lips line since people say that they are very good for the price and because they had a very pretty looking shade of Burgundy with an appealing name.
A very lovely lady from Reddit made a swap with me a few months ago and she included this lipstick in her package.
Thank you, you know who you are!


As I mentioned before, I am not huge on Lipsticks right now, I prefer to use something that I can put on and forget about for the rest of the day.
That being said, Lipsticks are still part of my make up routine but they do have to be very special for me to actually use them instead of tints.
Unfortunately, I don’t categorize this one as special.
Not because it isn’t good but simply because it lacks the WOW factor for me.

The embossing is so beautiful!
The packaging is very cute, but unlike what I usually write about, I don’t use an item just because it looks nice on the outside.
The lipstick smells very nice, not really something I can describe, but different than most lipsticks.
It is very faint and only noticeable when whiffed in directly.
The color is very pretty but unfortunately too red for me.

It has a satin finish
 I prefer very very dark Burgundies or browner coagulated type shades.
This is like a dark cherry red, definitely in the Burgundy family but on the light side.
The color can be applied as a light berry wash or layered to be quite bright and opaque.
The texture is lovely and smooth, it is on the moisturizing type without being a balmy lipstick.
It doesn’t feather or move around and can be applied without a lip liner.
I prefer to use it with the liner though, since it makes the color even darker.

It is very pretty but too red for me
 It has normal lipstick lasting times but fades nicely and evenly.
It leaves a rosy stain behind when it starts fading after about 2 hours.
This is a lovely lipstick for people who still prefer them over other types of lip colors.
It is also perfect for the ones who like a lighter more tame Burgundy.

Ingredients: Here


Rating: 1.Blegh  2. Pff  3. Meh  4. Oohh  5. Awwyeah 6. Wooha




Available on Ebay
Available at Testerkorea

Etude House Magic cushion, Landbis Eyeliner and My Blooming lips talk in RD306

Woeful Winsday

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Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs 1928

Happy Halloween!

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by Rhode Montijo
Happy Halloween little Batlings!
I hope you are having a magical time and get to scare lots and lots of innocents today.



Woeful Windsday

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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Skincare Freakshow: Samplehimes Spooky Spectacles

Hey guys!
This is Sample Hime from over at www.samplehime.com. Today I'm doing a spooky blog swap with my good friend Ms. Moi Sanom in honor of Halloween. Moi and I have a knack for weird and creepy things so we thought this month would be the perfect time to highlight some of our favorite Korean skincare ingredients that aren't so common to westerners, and also dispel some of the hype surrounding some of these additives.

Thank you Moi, for allowing me to guest post on your blog! If you're not already following my blog, check out my blog for dark lip swatches, darker BB creams, and tons of oily skincare reviews.

Moi and I picked 6 different creepy ingredients each to introduce--you can view her 6 over at my blog. Without further ado, let me tell you a little bit about each one!

1. Bird Poop



Yes, you read that right. People put bird shit on their faces...and I guess they like it. Supposedly geishas have been using nightingale poop as a way to treat hyperpigmentation, as well as to clear their face after heavy makeup wear. Although I haven't personally verified this myself with real bird poop, apparently nightingale (uguisu) poop contains both urea and guanine, basically because the bird excretes everything (#1 amd #2)  out of the same hole. Um, ew...Urea is apparently a good skin softener and may help with lightening skin. If you care, Kerry from Skin and Tonics actually reviewed it on her blog a while back.

You can buy the original Uguisu Poo (Uguisu no Fun), which comes from Japan as a dried and UV-sterilized poop powder, or  you can purchase a Korean version such as Tonymoly's Natural Bubble Bird's Dropping Foam Cleanser. Unfortunately, upon inspecting the English ingredients list at the store I found that the active ingredient (urea) is actually plant sourced, not poop sourced. For all you weirdos out there who were excited to try it, I'm sorry to say that Tonymoly totally tried to pull a fast one on us.

My Picks: Pass. Go buy something with urea in it instead.

2. Syn-Ake


Photo credit: Rahul Alvares

This is one of the least understood ingredients in the "know" within the Korean skincare community. I constantly hear "yes, it's REAL SNAKE VENOM" on blog and forum posts. As lovely as it sounds to put a poison on your face, unfortunately it's not even remotely true. Syn-ake is a lab-synthesized compound that is intended to mimic some of the affects of the cutie Temple Viper's venom (there's a male and female in the picture above!). A quick Google search will yield the product information direct from the manufacturer, Pentapharm. For this reason, I think that it's necessary to take the information with a grain of salt.

According to the pdf, Syn-Ake is a synthetic peptide derivative that basically prevents your facial muscles from contracting as much, thereby reducing the amount of wear and tear on your skin. Repeated facial movements cause wrinkles. Supposedly this product does work (according to a one-month long study...HMMM), but it also states that the participants used 4% concentrations of the product. I don't honestly believe most affordable Korean skincare products have a high enough concentration, plus if you keep scrolling they mention that the product must be maintained at a certain pH as well as its relatively short shelf life.

It's just my opinion based on a couple creams I tried, but I doubt these honestly work as well as they're made out to. Perhaps a more direct preparation would convince me?


My Picks: Posh Spice tip: don't smile (and don't waste your money on Syn-Ake).

3. Molds

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While you may think "eww that blue stuff on bread" when you hear the word "mold," you might forget that things like yeast and mushrooms are also considered molds/fungi (though those are actually two different but related things). One of my absolute favorite ingredients in Korean skincare is something called beta glucan. While it can be derived from cereal grains, it's also found in some bacteria, fungi, and mushrooms! Many of my favorite eye creams include beta glucan, and apparently the helping effects, can actually be attributed to science--not just speculation and hype! In a study from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, they delve into the anti-inflammatory, anti-carginogenic, and even anti-viral properties beta glucan can have on the body.
"Beta-glucans are naturally occurring polysaccharides. These glucose polymers are constituents of the cell wall of certain pathogenic bacteria and fungi. The healing and immunostimulating properties of mushrooms have been known for thousands of years in the Eastern countries. These mushrooms contain biologically active polysaccharides that mostly belong to group of beta-glucans. These substances increase host immune defense by activating complement system, enhancing macrophages and natural killer cell function."
To put it simply, beta glucans stimulate the immune system by activating your body's response system, in turn enhancing the cells that kill pathogens. For whatever reason, I've noticed that this immune system stimulation always helps me with my under eye lines, and theoretically this could also help with other skin issues such as acne!

Although it is usually explicitly labeled as beta glucan on ingredient lists, you might also look for mushroom extracts such as chaga mushrooms, oats or barley extracts, and especially for sacharromyces (baker's yeast) products which have recently been trending. Nature Republic anyone?

See? Not too scary! Plus, they don't smell.

My absolute favorite beta glucan products you should check out include Missha Time Revolution Night Repair - Science Activator Ampoule and Wish Formula Aesthetic Reparative-K cream (which I received in a Memebox).

4. Pig Collagen


Of all the ingredients on my list, I actually think this one creeps me out the most.
Pig collagen...you're basically slathering the corpse of a pig on your face. It's a little bit too much "Carrie" for me. Still, I've been there and done that via Elizavecca's Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack, and I recently received the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Elastic Pore Cleansing Foam which also contains pig collagen. Basically in the Korean skincare world they're still trying to convince everyone that you can "absorb" collagen through your skin, when in fact the molecules are too large--and no they can't be "patted" in for absorption. Sorry to bust your bubble guys. The whole collagen thing is a sham. :(

One positive that people can attribute to pig collagen, is that it has humectant properties which in turn may keep you feeling a little bit more hydrated. Other than that, you're probably receiving benefits from the other ingredients in the product. Go eat some bone marrow soup if you really want the benefits of collagen.


My picks: If you are looking for a non-stripping, non-foaming cleanser, however, I do recommend the Elizavecca foam I linked above. It has charcoal in it, too, which can be helpful on acne skin.

5. Snail Mucin



Everyone has heard of snail cream by now. Okay, when I say everyone I mean pretty much everyone in the Asian beauty community. It seems like people don't really understand why snail works though, and for that I do bring some info for you!

Snail mucin is said to have healing and anti-inflammatory components.
Because snails don't have a complex immune system, they produce a naturally antibiotic secretion in their mucin to protect themselves from pathogens. It's interesting to note that snail mucin has been found to work against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. (Gram positive/negative refers to the gram stain we use to look at the bacteria under the microscope.) According to Dr. Macrene Aleiades-Armenakas:
"Snail mucin extract is a complex blend of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin. It has been recognized for many years-as far back as Ancient Greece-as an ingredient that reduces inflammation. The extract is renowned for its regenerative properties, and facilitates the restoration of damaged tissue and replenishes moisture in skin. It is also effective in treating acne and scarring."
Further research into the subject shows that snails secrete nutrients like hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial and copper peptides, and proteoglycans to protect their "foot" while padding along rough terrain. Apparently in vitro studies (not on humans) have shown that:
"research suggests that snail slime will stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, increase fibronectin protein production, and stimulate increased proliferation of fibroblasts."
Pretty cool right? The combination of anti-bacterial slime hyaluronic acid, and other growth factors truly do help with acne and other skin troubles. In fact, snail cream is the biggest reason I turned onto Korean skincare.


My Picks: Anything and everything Mizon followed by Missha's Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Skin Treatment and Cream. Or if you just want to try a bit of everything, pick up Beauteque's Head to Toe Snail Bag before it's gone! If you use my blog's code SAMPLEHIME-SNAIL they'll give you an extra sheet mask with your bag. :)


6. Bacteria


Recently probiotics have become a "thing" and people are finally starting to recognize that poor, misunderstood bacteria are not all bad! I've touched on this before on my blog, but it's worth talking about again. Your body is host to all sorts of bacteria, and every bacteria has a home. We get infections and illness when the bad bacteria move into the neighborhood and take over the good bacteria's space. This is where probiotics come in. Recently, researchers have been finding that bacteria play an integral part in the wellness of our bodies, both internally and externally. By now you have probably heard about internal probiotics, and the need to replace "good bacteria" particularly after taking antibiotics. The same may be true for our skin! Supposedly even things as simple as actual yogurt (kefir or greek yogurt) may improve our skin quality.

Dr. Whitney P. Bowe, MD, FAAD recently spoke about the different benefits of probiotics in skincare, most notably related to acne and rosacea. Detailed in a recent American Academy of Dermatology article, she notes that probiotics may be used as "bacterial interference" to prevent our skin from recognizing "bad" bacteria and creating an exaggerated immune response (inflammation, redness, pus, or in some cases rosacea). Good bacteria may also be used to fight bad bacteria, in that some bacteria secrete substances that are toxic to bad bacteria. In the same way lactobacillus produces lactic acid to maintain vaginal health, other bacteria may secret substances that will help maintain our skin.

As far as uses in Korea, bacterial ferments are all the rage this year. Pretty much every store came out with some form of fermented line this year, or multiple! Hopefully in the next year they will start introducing live culture probiotics as a form of skincare.
I will be the first to snag it up!

My Picks: Moi Sanom is actually covering the fermented aspect more in depth in her post on my blog so please go read more if you're looking for more info and recs!

As lengthy as that was, I hope you  I hope you enjoyed reading about all these buzzworthy ingredients.  
Have you tried any of these ingredients, and if so what did you think of them? I'd love to hear about your experiences and even some recommendations!

Have a safe. scary, and insanely fun Halloween everyone!

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