(Review) Radiant, Blemish-free Skin with Hada Labo's NEW Gokujyun Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Series

If you have been following my recent posts or IG, you may know that I have been taking a TCM prescription for a month plus for body regulation purpose. It has been extra 'heaty' on the inside thus breaking out is unavoidable!

In my Althea Bare Essentials review you will know that I broke out at Day 10 of usage due to my 'heatiness' of the TCM prescription. In short, Althea Bare Essentials are nice to use if I had a more normal skin and not breaking out. It is good to note that I will shift back to the Althea Bare Essentials series when everything has dry down & also to increase my healing and scar lightening process. ^^ 

Anyhow, there are various factors and stressors that may cause one to breakout. So it is important for you to trial and error and find the right product for your skin!


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Today I will be reviewing these two Hada Labo products that I have received in my mail this January 2018. I know. Its been a long time but I finally broke out (not happy about it XD) and I can finally put this skincare products on a test! ^^

These Blemish & Oil Control series is said to condition skin's oil production, fight blemishes, soothe redness, calm irritated skin, minimize large pores while ensuring that the skin remains fresh and dewy all day long.

Suitable for:
Oily/Blemish-prone skin


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Tried & Tested

#1: Hada Labo Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Foaming Wash

Brand: Hada Labo
Item: Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Foaming Wash
Content: 160ml
Cost: RM42.90

Ingredients: 
Water, Sorbitol, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, PEG-75, Decyl Glucoside, Potassium Hydroxide, Cocamide DEA, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Palmitic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Polyquaternium-39, Disodium EDTA, Steareth-20, Sodium Bicarbonate, Camphor, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Menthoxypropanediol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tranexamic Acid.

According to Skincarisma:
It is most suitable for dry skin user who has acne situation.
(+++) Free from fragrance, colorant, mineral oil, sulfate and paraben.
(---) Contains alcohol, potentially block pores (because of Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, & Palmitic Acid), may irritate sensitive skin due to the strong essential oil used (of Rosemary Leaf Oil).

Claimed Function:
Hatomugi, Houttuynia Cordata, Chamomile Flower Extracts and other plant extracts fight blemishes, soothe skin irritation and restore oil-water balance of skin. Hyaluronic Acid lock, store and replenish moisture for significantly soft, smooth and supple skin. Dense and ultra fine foam that gently washes away impurities, dirt and oil without drying the skin. Skin pH balanced. Low irritation. Overall, it conditions, soothes and hydrates skin and achieve smooth, moist and radiant skin.

How-to:
Use twice a day. Moisten skin with water. Pump a generous amount of foam onto palm. Gently massage onto face, using gentle circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Packaging:
It comes in a sturdy convenient pump bottle. Also has a choker which is awesome.

Texture:
Dense & ultra fine foam that gently washes away impurities, dirt and oil without drying the skin.

Scent:
A strong herbal scent.

Thoughts:
I love how pumps are convenient in dispensing the product but would be great if it comes with a cover at the pump for total protection. I like that I do not need to lather the product first before applying to my face. I don't really prefer the strong herbal scent (may be overwhelming for some IMO). It is accompanied with the menthol cooling feel but once rinsed off, there is no cooling feeling! Face feels clean without any tight/dry feeling after rinsing off with water. After using for 1 week, I do not see much help with my acne. But I continued with another week plus my acne gel from another brand, my acne have all dried down and I will be using this alternately with my other cleanser. I will only use this cleanser when I have acne ^^

Re-purchase:
Will see how. XD

Rating:
3.5/5
(Cleansing was good but the Skincarisma rating  + the strong scent reduce the points XD)


#2: Hada Labo Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion

Brand: Hada Labo
Item: Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion
Content: 170ml
Cost: RM64.90

Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Squalene, Triethylhexanoin, Methylparaben, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tranexamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camphor, Coix Lacryma-Jobi Ma-Yuen Seed Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract.

According to Skincarisma:
(+++) Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract soothes skin sensitivity & increases moisture content, Butylene Glycol is a powerful moisturizing agent
(---) Contains alcohol

How-to:
After Step #1, apply a sufficient amount on palms and gently pat onto skin until thoroughly absorbed. Use twice daily.

Packaging:
Their signature toner bottle.

Texture:
Watery & lightweight texture that takes awhile to be absorbed into the skin.

Scent:
It has quite a strong alcohol scent :/

Thoughts:
I personally use it as a point treatment for erupting or about to erupt pimples with a soaking cotton pad. Then only I spread a dime sized amount on my palm and pat all over my face for absorption. This helps to calm my small pimple / bumps. I also heard from famous beauty guru from Taiwan, Liu Yen, say that its ok to pour it into a spritzing bottle & spray it to better control my sebum secretion while also moisturizing my skin whenever I need it. I really wanna love you like other toners in the Hada Labo series but I just cannot stand your alcohol scent and its so far not the fastest when it comes to "drying" up my pimples. Acne/pimples takes about 3-4 days or more to really dry up so its a bit long for the impatient me. It however does not dry out my skin throughout my usage so I will only use this when fresh acne come visits me.

Re-purchase:
Not really coz of the strong alcohol scent.

Rating:
2.8/5


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Overall Thoughts:
Its a routine I will only use when my pimple/acne visit me. It has a good soothing effect which I like as you can see in my after 1 wash comparison pic. I have been incorporating these two items with my skincare routine for the past near 2 weeks. Current skincare routine are my oldies. The only downside is that the alcohol scent and content puts me off.

Have you tried it? What's your thought? :)

From the above comparison (just after 1 wash; around week 2 of usage!), there is not much a difference but is it just me or what coz I personally think that my redness is much soothed after just 1 wash.


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Hope this post is helpful to you. FYI, I did not get a usual pic of my before-after (2-week comparison pic) as I didn't think it'll work for me, but it did ^^
You may check out the Hada Labo products at ALL leading pharmacies nationwide.

Just remember, what works for me may not work for you. What works for you may not work for me. Just have fun trying out products and please do look at the ingredients to show more love for your skin!


Cheers,
Bee

(First Impression) Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Light Cream

10th May 2018 marks a historical moment!
It is a very meaningful moment and is something I never thought I would live to see or tell. This is the moment where all races unite for one aim-
"A better future achieved through peace and democracy!"
This is a story I would love to tell to my future kids and my godson :)

Many of us are proud to call ourselves, "Saya anak Malaysia!"

Weather is super hot and as a dry-combination skin type, I am always searching for good moisturizers that will keep me hydrated while running errands! As a Malaysian, who wouldn't know what our national flower, the Hibiscus is?

I have collage snippets of Hibiscus I took from Mr. Google ^^
Do you know that it actually contains a lot of healthy and beauty benefits?
I do not know that and went to MR. Google for help:
(+) Hibiscus tea helps in lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol, & also body mass index (BMI).
(+) Hibiscus is nicknamed "Botox Plant" as it helps in exfoliating, firming and lifting for the skin.
(+) Hibiscus is a source for AHAs that helps in increasing moisture content in the skin.

Mamonde has incorporated our national flower into its NEW Advanced Moisture Ceramide range!
Today I will be focusing in only one of the product and its the Moisture Light Cream ^^
  
Mamonde always has beautiful packaging. This is the Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Light Cream.

WHY Ceramide? 
I pity our skin barrier coz they are damaging day by day with various external stressors as well as the chemicals that I have been applying throughout my journey of reviewing various skincare and makeup products on my face. The key to improving damaged skin barrier would be the common skin moisturizer and oil. It may not be enough so we will need ceramide that makes up 50% of the lipid  in skin layer that functions to supply ample moisture to the outer layer of the skin and eventually protect us from the various external stressors.

Sounds like a beneficial moisturizer to dry skin type user! ^^

Let's welcome a moisturizer like no other, a moisturizer that contains double the natural moisturizing agent found in Hibiscus to retain moisture inside the skin and its high concentraion of ceramide (it was exclusively developed for 20 years)  helps build a double layered moisture barrier on the skin surface to prevent the skin's moisture loss. Moreover, its soft and tight texture will definitely aid in better absorption upon application, plumping your skin instantly for a healthy glow! ^^

Claimed Benefits of Mamonde Ceramide Range:
(+) Doubled the content of Hibiscus extracts to enhance activation of the skin's moisture factor, thus reinforcing and strengthening skin's moisture barrier.
(+) Double-Moisture Barrier Technology to intensify the protective layer of the skin, thus preventing and limiting the inflow of harmful substances while ensuring that the skin is always moisturized and hydrated.
(+) The Lipid Networking System creates a smooth formula that allows the ceramide to adhere to the skin with its structure similar to the skin.


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Tried & Tested:


Are you excited as I am? :)

Brand: Mamonde
Item: Moisture Ceramide Light Cream
Content: 50ml
Cost: RM139

I love freshly opened packaging! ^^

Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cyclohexasiloxane, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethylsilane, Sucrose Polystearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, PEG-100 Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylacrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Fragrance, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tromethamine, Ethyl Hexylglycerin, Xylitylglucoside, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Anhydroxylitol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Xylitol, Glucose, Hibiscus Syriacus Bark Extract, Tocopherol, BHT, Stearyl Behenate, Sucrose, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Acrylates/Stearyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Ceramide NP, Indole Acetic Acid. 

According to Skincarisma:
(+++) Adenosine has anti-aging properties, Powerful moisturizing agent by Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate & Glycerol; Paraben-free; Sulfate-free
(---) Contains Alcohol (bad for dry and sensitive skin); Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter is potentially comedogenic (possibly block pores) for oily skin user. 

Claimed Benefits of Light Cream:
24-hour hydration with soft and refreshing texture
Protects and strengthens skin's moisture barrier to ensure skin is well moisturized

How-to:
After cleansing and prepping, apply appropriate amount smoothing from the center of the face outward. Use morning and evening.

Packaging:
Sturdy classy white-red ombre tub.

Texture:
White soft & light texture that melts onto skin leaving a fresh finish.

Scent:
Light floral scent. Never really know how to identify how a hibiscus smell like. Pleasant ^^

Thoughts:

Here is the swatch of white cream

It easily sinks in and dry down to a fresh finish!

After a week of usage, this are what I think. I love the light texture. Would recommend to those with combination skin like mine or those of you who do not like Intense Cream that are more heavy and rich. Definitely light like its name and get absorb into the skin easily leaving a dewy and plump looking skin ^^

Re-purchase:
Yes, but will still be looking around coz wanna explore with more brands ^^

Rating:
5/5


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Get:
You may check out the full range of this NEW Mamonde Advanced Moisture Ceramide Range at all Mamonde Beauty Counters (AEON 1 Utama, PJ; AEON Mid Valley Megamall, KL; Parkson Suria KLCC, KL; AEON Bukit Indah, JB; AEON Tebrau City, JB; AEON Queensbay Mall, Penang; Parkson Gurney Plaza, Penang;), Sephora stores (Mid Valley Megamall, KL; 1 Utama, PJ; IOI City Mall, Putrajaya; Komtar, JB; IMAGO Shopping Mall, KK; Nu Sentral, KL) & even online from 11street.com.my and lazada.com.my.

Stalk:
Mamonde Website
@Mamondemy Facebook
@MamondeMalaysia Instagram


That's all from me.
Comment down below if you have tried this and what you think about it! ^^


Cheers,
Bee

(First Impression) Tips for Embracing the Hot Weather with Mamonde!

The weather is just extra hot these days. Not only does it blind your eyes but burn your skin.

Did you realize the temperature has increase since February. During this time of the year, we perspire more and there will be situation where you get sun burn. There's even news report on the Meteorological Department warning the public about the extreme high level of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, that is, it can reach up to index reading of 15 on a clear day in the noon (any reading above 11 is considered as extreme, according to the international standard measurement of the level of UV radiation exposure).

So please do equip yourself with the UV shields and your skin will thank you!! ^^

So what UV shields can you equip?
They can be as common as an umbrella, hat, ultra thin jacket with UV protection properties, UV sleeves, Sunblock, Sunglasses as well as whitening skincare to maintain a bright, flawless skin!


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5 Tips with Mamonde in coping with the hot weather:

#1: Surround Yourself with Flowers


Image from Enjoy Nature.

Best to stay indoor and surround yourself with flowers! Why flowers? Flowers is said to be the source of happiness and who doesn't love the scent of flowers that lifts your mood (unless you are allergic to the pollens then maybe you can try essential oils?). For example, Magnolia have therapeutic properties and is commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat stress. But if you die die need to go out, keep yourself protected with your UV shields and also hydrated with water and mist for your thirsty skin!

#2: Quench Thirst with Cooling Floral Teas
I love making my own flower teas at home and its so easy to regulate the sweetness level with addition of either honey or rock sugar. Example of dried flowers/leaves I usually love is the chyrsanthemum & mulberry leaves.

#3: Infuse your Food with Edible Flowers

Image from Tokopedia.

This I don't really do coz I find it weird and feeling like a rabbit or something XD Sorry for sounding silly but I shall learn to eat them since they contain beneficial nutrients that my body need. Rose is a popular edible flower. Do you know that the petals contain about 95% of water  & also some vitamin C? Bright colored edible flowers have great antioxidant properties as well as vitamins and minerals that our body need. Have a go during this extra hot season to replenish lost nutrients and minerals.

#4: Shield your Skin with Calendula

I have been wanting to try this Mamonde Calendula Sun Cream. Image taken from ebay.

With the high index reading, it is important to shield yourself from the UVA and UVB rays. Calendula in a sunscreen offers restorative properties that promotes healing from burns and inflammation, consequently restore a youthful glow. For outdoor activity, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours (especially during the peak hour between 1-4 pm). I believe in this and bring my sunscreen with me wherever I go. ^^

#5:Apply Whitening Skincare for a Flawless Radiant Skin


Image from Akeru Feed.

I do not use whitening skincare everyday but more of an alternate day thing as whitening skincare may dry out my already dry skin. I personally think this method works best for my skin. What about you? Meet Mamonde's Pure White - it's a whitening and anti-aging range that dispels effect caused by the sun. It is formulated with only the buds of the white Magnolia flowers before blooming. These Magnolia buds contain the highest amount of active ingredients that fights aging signs, blemishes and yellow skin tone in exchange for a brighter, fairer complexion. Mamonde Pure White Ultra Active series consist of :

Pure White Ultra Active Skin Softener, Pure White Ultra Active Skin Emulsion, Pure White Ultra Active Essence, and Pure White Ultra Active Cream.
(Image by PR, not mine)


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First Impression:

After testing the Mamonde Pure White Ultra Active Special KIT for a few days and here are my first impression.

This is my bare skin after applying step 1-5. Glowy isn''t it.

#1: The Mamonde First Energy Essence (25ml) is watery and light colorless liquid. It also has a mild citrus and floral scent. A little goes a long way. I use it as my toner step.

#2: Pure White Ultra Active Skin Softener (25ml) has a gel-like consistency. It has a mild floral scent. It absorbs and plump my skin immediately.

#3: Pure White Ultra Active Emulsion (25ml) also has a mild floral scent in a milky light cream texture.I take it as a light moisturizer.

#4: Pure White Ultra Active Essence (5ml) looks so unique! It dispenses in a clear gel that can easily be absorbed into the skin.

#5: Lastly, seal all the goodness with the Pure White Ultra Active Cream (15ml).


Get:
Get this kit for FREE if you spend RM350 at Mamonde beauty counter.
This Pure White Ultra Active 5-piece kit worth RM129.
Promo ending on 7th May 2018.
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That's all from me today.
Thanks for dropping by and tell  me which tips you find the most effective for you? :)


Cheers,
Bee

(Event) Workshop on AHA-GINN Magic Detox Treatment

On 7th April 2018, we attended a workshop at WSPACE, Northpoint, Mid Valley City.

The speaker is none other than Ginnie Lam, the founder of Ginn International.

Meet Ginnie! ^^
(Image from Google)

This is a snippet during the workshop when she tells us about her victory in her first pageant. In a gist, one should always be confident no matter the result but enjoy the process and learn from it.

Here is a list of achievements by Ms Ginnie (obtained from Google). She have had bad reaction after a treatment at a beauty saloon at 19. Nothing in the market help improve her condition so she eventually have low self confidence. She attended various classes (beauty, nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and natural ingredients) in the hope that it would improve her skin condition. She did it! It did not stop there. ^^

Up till today, she have successfully improve the lives of many with sensitive skin, acne inflammation, hormone imbalance, and porous skin.

She is such an incredible, inspiring, strong woman!


What does Ginn mean?
Ginn comes from the founder's name. In korean it translate to "zhen" which means truth.
Ginn International aims to be a fairy instead of a goddess so she created a group called Ginn Fairy Club.

What does it mean to be a fairy?
Being a 'fairy' means to posses positive qualities (such as continuous self-improvement, open-mindedness, confidence, gentleness, graceful beauty, well-mannered, knowledgeable, appreciative, helpfulness, selfless dedication, happiness, being understanding, full of energy. love yourself and love others) and fight through darkness (obstacles in life).

The speaker is Ginnie Lam herself while the one demonstrating the facial is Alice (a loyal user and her testimonial link is below!)

"Being born with a pretty face is not something everyone can have. But maintaining the youth and improve our skin texture requires commitment and discipline. To being truly pretty, one should know and regulate their flow of 'chi' essence. A poor flow of 'chi' leads to fatigue, lowered immunity and metabolism, cold hands and feet, insufficient sleep, and inability to focus. To improve the flow of 'chi', it is important to care for the heart, lungs, spleen, liver and kidneys," says Ginnie.

To improve the flow of "chi", you must incorporate all 3 qualities in your lifestyle:
1- good fitness program
2- good diet
3- healthy mental & emotional well being


About Ginn Fairy Club?
It is a platform to provide knowledge & technique in fighting darkness together (stress etc).
Register HERE.

Here's a group pic with the models of Ginn Fairy Club, Ms Ginnie, fellow bloggers and the Madmaverick team.

Ginn Fairy Club Membership?
5-year membership for HK$2000

You'll get?
1. Redeem HK$2000 worth of Ginn Skin products
2. Benefits & Privileges **Refer to webpage for the "Monthly Ginn Fairy Club Member Benefits"**
- Join online on various training courses (such as Beauty Makeover, Self Image & Mannerism, Nutrition Regimen courses, Slimming & Beauty Recipes, Model Training, Speech & Presentation Skills Technique, Social Etiquette, KOL Training, Therapist Training Course).
- Join GinGin Facebook Live (to join lucky draws, quizzes, complimentary health and beauty consultations and birthday parties).


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About Ginn Skin:
Ginnie (the founder of Ginn Skin) believes that beautiful skin comes form proper skincare with healthy lifestyle. Ginn Skin is a chinese herbal skincare series that has the best ingredients with maximum effect for your skin. Ginn Skin is a fusion of Western nutritional concept with Oriental Chinese medicine theory.

Why Ginn Skin products?
Suitable for all skin types. Protection. Moist. Nourishment. Anti-allergic. Soft. Suitable for pregnancy

Does not contain:
Artificial flavors. No metallic elements. Does not block pores. Does not influence hormones.


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Workshop with Ginnie Lam
AHA-GINN Magic Treatment : Face DetoxSlim

AHA-GINN Magic Treatment is a collaboration with Korea technology where AHA plays an important role in extracting toxins. This magic treatment helps detox and repair our face.
Who doesn't want a more toned, V-face & improved circulation to remove excess water that causes water retention?

Here, Ms Ginnie is explaining how our toxins and excess water (hiding in the very deep layer of our skin) are flushed out.

Here she is highlighting the star product of her series, the Extra Healing Herbal Mask! It has the most overwhelming TCM scent that does soothes the skin coz of a cooling sensation and a very moist finish for the skin. It can be either used as a wash-off mask or a sleeping mask. ^^

Procedure:
It's an informative session to hear and see for myself the effectiveness of the Magic Treatment after just 1 session!

This is the complete Ginn Skin series.
You may hop over to their site for more information or consultation!

#1: Lymphatic & deep tissue massage using AHA Balance Massage Cream
This massage motion helps to "liquify" jelly-like toxic substance under the layers of your skin.
#2: Deep press acupuncture beauty points using AHA Aroma Oil
Stronger massage to improve circulation in lymphatic nodes. Also able to stimulate blood flow to enter deeper layer to get ready to flush out excess "water and fats" in step #4. You may feel stinging pain at this stage. 
#3: Stimulating massage using AHA AC Gel Base Cream
Its like a thick gel texture and requires some time to dry. During the process of drying, toxins and dead skin cells are "pulled" out. Your skin will feel tight as the cream dries up. 
#4: Release toxin, soothing and calming using Ginn-Herbal Mask
It gives a cooling feeling. Make sure to scrub well and cleanse off.
#5: Re-structuring the face shape & balancing the hydration of the skin with roller ball using Ginn Skin Essence Treatment Water, Ginn Skin Eye Serum & Ginn Skin Face Serum
Ginn Skin Essence Treatment Water helps to refine pores and control oil secretion. With enough hydration, it helps to moderate skin condition and de-swells puffiness, moderate oil secretion and allow skin to regulate to a more normal condition. Ginn Skin Eye Serum hydrates your eye area. Tap a lot to improve circulation and it also give a lot of positive stress to encourage your body to work too! Same goes to when using the Ginn Skin Face Serum.
#6: Conditioning and protecting the skin using Ginn Skin Eye Cream and Ginn Skin Face Cream
Its the sunscreen step. Its like a tinted moisturizer but with weird clumps that you need to press in and it will melt into your skin if its well-hydrated.

We got to try a few products on our skin and to be honest, they all are light (like water!) but have this herbal smell. The sunscreen melted so well into my skin but not on Sharon or Karen. I don't know why but I guess a super well-hydrated base is important and I kinda like applied it right after a moisturizing water or cream!

Result:

This is Joanne (Volunteer, User, and Blogger).
One side of the face is treated, can you see which side?
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Its the Left!

There is obvious lifting & toning comparing the face on the right and left! Lifting-toning is seen at the tail of the eye, cheek, and jaw line. Oh, eye bag also much reduced and dark circles are almost gone? :)  Much energized and more youthful looking already! ^^


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Testimonial:
Testimonial and video on Alice's skin improvement, click HERE.
For other testimonials, click HERE.

Thanks again for having me.
For my review on a few goodies I got, stay tuned! ^^

Stalk:


Cheers,
Bee