S:um37 Time Energy Resetting Moist Firming Cream


Hey there kbeauty followers! I didn't really have time to blog this month,  so much work  and change in life circumstances don't leave much time for my kbeauty obsession, but I'm back now and I plan to invest more time into by blog, miss the excitement I I get from blogging. 

I have previously reviewing the s:um37 time energy emulsion, if you have read it then you know about my love for s:um37, its the Korean brand to go for if you are looking for fermented skincare. S:um37 time energy emulsion is probably my favorite emulsion, I not using it right now but will defiantly stock up fro the future. I have used the emulsion and cream together, now its only the cream. So today is time for part two, I will be reviewing the sum37 cream....

Shu Uerma eyelash curler


I have very short straight eyelashes. In the past I have tried everything, from curl mascaras to eyelash serums but nothing seemed to work. If you would have asked me a few years back if there was an easy way to fix that, I would say no, eyelash curlers don't work they just hurt eyelashes and pinch the skin. 

Sulwhasoo gentle Cleansing Oil



I remember the days when I thought using facial and cleansing oils was the worst thing I could do to my sensitive acne prone skin. Even after starting a Korean skincare routine I was still scared to give the double cleansing method a try. Post-kbeauty time; I changed my entry skincare routine, had everything from ampoules to sheet masks, the only thing missing was a cleansing oil. My skin condition improved a lot but clogged pores and blackheads were still an issue. After reading so much about it and hearing all the rave stories I decided that’s it’s time to introduce double cleansing, I was always planning on doing it just needed time to get used to the idea of oil on my face. Now I can tell you my skin never felt better before. 

Double cleansing is very popular in Asian and has slowly made its way into the west. It’s a two-step process that includes an oil-based cleanser as step one followed by a water-based cleanser. The underlying idea of it is that an oil-based cleanser draws out oil debris (from makeup, sunscreen etc.). This would not be as effective with a regular water-based cleanser, as we all know water and oil don’t mix. 

The double cleansing oil method helped me to balance oil-moist levels of my skin, I don't need to wipe anymore with x cotton pads to get all the make up off. In this post I will bet reviewing my favorite oil cleanser at the moment, the Sulwhasoo gentle cleansing oil. 


Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil 

Sulwahsoo describes it as a cleansing oil formulated with traditional Korean herbs, that gently removes makeup and skin impurities. You might know by now that I love all things Sulwhasoo, their products never disappoint me. I was excited seeing the ingredients list, so many herbal extracts and natural oils. However, this might be a problem for folks with very sensitive skin. 



Ingredients: ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PEG-20 GLYCERYL TRIISOSTEARATE, PEG-8 ISOSTEARATE, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, SPIRODELA POLYRRHIZA EXTRACT, COIX LACRYMA-JOBI MA-YUEN SEED EXTRACT, CASTANEA CRENATA (CHESTNUT) SHELL EXTRACT, CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT, PINUS KORAIENSIS SEED OIL, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL, CAMELLIA JAPONICA SEED OIL, PRUNUS MUME FRUIT EXTRACT, NELUMBO NUCIFERA GERM EXTRACT, SQUALANE, DEXTRIN PALMITATE, GLYCERYL BEHENATE/EICOSADIOATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, FRAGRANCE


Running the formula through Cosdna we get a few red flags. Isopropyl palmitaed a derivate of coconut oil rated as 4 for acne and 1 for irritant. I don’t like coconut oil in skincare and I remember some products with Isopropyl palmitaed causing problems for me. Luckily, I didn’t experience any issues, I believe now its all in the formulation, or the ingredient never broke me out and it was something else.  Skin is YMMV so always patch test first or get some samples. For example mineral oil based cleansing oils seem to break me out, while it works just fine for others who have troubled skin. 


The cleansing oils here are: PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL,  PINUS KORAIENSIS SEED OIL, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL, CAMELLIA JAPONICA SEED OIL. 


Packaging 



The cleansing oil comes in a plastic bottle with a pump, containing 200 ml. The design is pretty ‘sulwhasoo hangban’ style. I like the sophisticated look and the pump can be rotated to close it.


Application 


This is the first step of my skincare routine followed by a regular cleanser and/or micellar cleansing water. I use this oil during my AM and PM routine, about 1-2 pumps for my entire face. I know some prefer to use cleansing oils only for the night time routine, but I find that it mask my skin more hydrating and clean in the morning. I massage the oil on dry skin using a little bit water to emulsify it. It smells divine, it’s the famous ‘sulwhasoo hangbang’ scent. The formula is runny and has a milky clear color. 



Performance 


I have been using this oil cleanser over 6 months now, I first tried a sample bottle of 50ml from ebay before buying the full size 200ml. The first thing I noticed is how hydrated my face felt afterwards.  After 2-3 weeks first blackheads and raised bumps started to disappear (were still there despite using actives), I even felt some small greets coming out  when messaging the oil. I know it sounds gross but that was very satisfying. Breakouts became less and less frequent, I’m now basically acne free.  The formula also feel very luxurious, there is something about the scent and texture.  In the meanwhile I have tried some other Asian oil cleanser, a few  broke me out but most were okay or good. Still, the Sulwahsoo is my favorite and I love all the hangbang ingredients.


Final thoughts


The major change I see in my skin condition comes from the double cleansing method itself, so you can try any other cleansing oil if you are not using one yet. Even if you have oily skin I would recommend one. We used to think that putting oil on oily/combination skin would make acne problems worse, but it’s the opposite. An oil based cleanser will react with oil residues on your skin and balance the skins oil balance. Its also a perfect choice for dry skin types as it hydrates skin. 
The double cleanings oil method really changed my skin , I'm never going back to the old days. Wiping my skin with numerous cotton pads to get all the make up off is in the past.

The Sulwahsoo Oil cleanser doesn't come cheap at around 35-40$, so it’s a splurge. As said you can try cheaper cleansing oils, I will review more in the future. 

You can buy it at Amazon* for 33$, W2beauty for 43$ (free shipping).


Rating 
4.7 out of 5 


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LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence




If I had the choice to just use one essence for an entire year then it would be the LJH tea tree 90 essence. LJH is a Korean brand that calls itself the “fist Doctors Cosmetics” in Korea, a new concept of doctor’s cosmetics which combines cosmetics and medicine. The brand was established by the dermatologist Leejiham in 2000, the company has also dermatology clinics headquartered in Seoul.

Biore UV Bright Face Milk spf50 PA++++



Sunscreens have become an important part of my 'skincare wardrobe'. Since, starting my Asian beauty journey I realized how dangerous sun exposure can be and how important sun protection is There is no better anti aging cream than a sunscreen (early prevention). I’m someone who loves the sun and spending some time on the beach, but now you will often find me in the shadow with a big hat, and of course at that moment there must be a water-resistant sunscreen for outdoor activities in my bag. I reviewed the Biore UV Perfect Milk (for face and body) blue version before (link), which I really liked as a summer sunscreen in humid weather etc. The different variants of the Biore perfect line seemed to be identical but I still needed to try them out to compare. I got the pink version, the Biore UV Bright Face Milk spf50.

S:um37 Time Energy Resetting Softening Emulsion






I’m finally reviewing a skincare product from one of my most beloved brand, s:um37. I have yet to find a s:um37 product that I don’t like, seriously almost everything wows me. 

S:um37 is young brand, established in 2007 by LG (other known brands by LG are Ohui, Faceshop and The history of Whoo). Its a high end brand department brand that specializes in fermented skincare. 'sum' means ‘breath’ in Korean, and the 37 is the optimal temperature for fermentation. So the brand name “su:m 37” captures the science behind it. The concept of ‘fermentation for skin’ has been there for a while now, starting with famous SKII essence. 

Fermentation is the process whereby microorganisms break down proteins and other substances. This is supposed to increase the production, availability and absorption of amino acids, vitamins, and various antioxidants. S:um37 uses more than 100 microorganism species and more than 300 different raw material to make the various active ingredients. 

Here is a more detailed description, summarized from their facebook site;

During fermentation microorganisms double active substances and break down molecular structure of substances to a size that is able to penetrate the skin more deeply and rapidly to boost the skin’s natural defenses. Su:m 37 differs from other brands fermented skincare in that it offers pure, naturally fermented products and not artificially, so no substance is added to induce fermentation. About 50 plant species grown organically in Hokkaido, a pristine area of Japan, are naturally fermented at a temperature of 37°C for 1102 days, or “3 years + 7 days.” su:m 37 is created using a fermentation technique studied for about eight decades by Japan’s Otaka Research Center, renowned for its research in fermentation. In the first step of this process, undiluted solutions of some 50 clean and pure plants are extracted and stored in a Japanese cedar keg in the Research Center for seven days. The extracted solution is moved to a storage area with a constant temperature of 37°C. It is left to breathe in tune with the melody of a music box while it is fermented dozens of times over three years. The process also produces new substances Zyen and Zyen-γ, which are highly effective at improving the skin. The Zyen and Zyen-γ, are naturally fermented substances, contain various amino acids, natural organic acids and antioxidants. Free of artificial fragrances, dyes and synthetic preservatives, su:m 37 delivers only the valuable effects of natural fermentation. 

Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? A cocktail of fermented extracts, produced somewhere in japan while listening to music ...? okay, that music thing is maybe to much lol, but overall I like the concept. 

S:um37 Time Energy Resetting Softening Emulsion 


I have tried many products from s:um37, but today I will be reviewing the time energy resetting softening emulsion. The sum37 time energy line is supposed to repair damaged skin and balance oil, so reset your skin and bring it back in balance. It’s perfect for my dry combination skin type. I have been using the emulsion and cream for over 8-9 months now. I have also tried the serum in some sample sachets (about 20ml). A review of the cream will be up later, no lets focus on the emulsion. 





I like layering skincare products, so an emulsion is pretty much an indispensable part of my skin care routine. The S:um37 Time Energy Resetting Softening Emulsion is in one word just amazing! When I started using the sum37 time energy line my skin was at a bad place, dehydrated most of then time, and sometimes oily with active acne. I give the emulsion (and cream) much credit for improving my skin condition. I don’t want to make my reviews to long and unreadable so I decided to focus on the emulsion only , but I will review the cream in the near future. 


I don’t have the box anymore, I'm not sure but I think the ingredient list was only in Korean. You can find the ingredients on cosdna, its a long list just as expected: You can find Yeast and Lactobacillus that are used to facilitate the fermentation, Saccharomyces ferment and a cocktail of sum37 fermented extracts, like Watermelon Fruit Extract and Papaya Fruit Extract. 


There are some red flags, so if your skin is sensitive you should be careful, maybe start with samples. For instance, there is Cetearyl Alcohol and Citral (natural plant extract used as fragrance). I have a sensitive skin that and I dint experience any issues. Honestly, I don't have a problem with alcohol anymore, I realize now that the most important thing is the formulation. 


Packaging

The product comes in a beautiful sturdy glass bottle of 130 ml. I just love s:um37 packaging it’s so luxurious and modern, the only downside is that its kind of heavy and not travel friendly. Still, I prefer such design to plastic, aesthetically very appealing. 


Application

The consistency is slightly white kind of a of milky creamy. Its richer than most heavy lotions (and some emulsions) but still light compared to a cream. I think its just what we would expect from an emulsion. The first you will notice is how softening it is, the word 'softening' is not for nothing in the name. It’s honestly the most softening and moisturizing emulsion I have ever tried, I can even use it as a last step in my skincare routine that’s how hydrating it is. I apply the emulsion right after my ampoules and serums, and depending on how my skin feels follow with a cream (its often the sum37 time energy) 



Performance

When applied it sinks into the skin immediately, without being sticky or oily, just leaving a glow and dewiness.What you see with many rich skincare lines is that they fail to control oil and make the problem even worse. Hence, for folks like me with dehydrate skin that can turn oily depending on weather and hormones, its always been difficult to find a skincare range that will mange to bring the skin in balance. That’s exactly what the emulsion did for me, I'm using it now for almost a year consistently and can see the long term benefits. Fine on my forehead are less visible, oil production in balance, no more active acne and skin is very hydrated. I have also noticed that it reduces redness and slightly brightens up skin tone. 


Final thoughts

I cant rave enough about it, the sum37 emulsion is awesome! it has really delivered on its promise; resetting the skin balance, hydrating, softening and controlling oil. I do believe in the benefits of fermented skincare, and s:um37 is particular attractive with all different the microorganisms and raw materials used for fermentation. Now, I want to start talking about all the possible benefits of fermented skincare, but I I will do a more science orientated post later. The emulsion works perfect in harmony when used together with the sum37 time energy cream, but this is also for a later post.

Will I repurchase? No question of course, it might be expensive but 100% worth my money. I bought mine for around 40$ on eBay, its 130ml that is enough for at least 7-8 months. I'm a real S:um37 fangirl now ;) 
You can purchase it on Amazon* for ..$ / koreandepart 37$/ roseroseshop 36000W/ Jolse 40$.


Rating: 5 out of 5 bunnies 


1 = crap bin destination, would never buy again
2 = dissatisfied! product didn't work for me at all
3 = average product, but failed to impress, could repurchase
4 = good performance, satisfying results. Will repurchase if I can
5 = reached Holy Grail status in skincare, can't live without. 


Pros 

  • softening 
  • oil balancing 
  • moisturizing 
  • nice scent 
  • natural fermentation
  • OMG the ingredient list, sum37 cocktail 


Cons 

non 



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Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner


I have always struggled to find a good smudge free eyeliner, having very oily eyelids everything seems to melt away instantly. The majority of western eyeliners are not smudge free on my eyes, no matter what I do. A few years ago, around the time when I discovered AB, I started to experiment with different Japanese eyeliners. I don't know how the japanese do it, but most of their liquid eyeliners don't smudge or irritate my eyes. One of my favorite is the Dolly Wink liquid eyeliner. I decided to write a short review and compare it to some western brands.