REVIEW: Troiareuke Aesthetic Start Kit

Back in June, StyleKorean sent me the Troiareuke Aesthetic Start Kit to review for you all, and I’m ready to share!

The brand’s description from StyleKorean says it best:

“Troiareuke is a professional aesthetic skincare brand that aims to provide the perfect solution to your daily skin concerns.

Your skin changes on a day-to-day basis depending on a variety of factors. This includes the external environment, health status, emotions and life cycle. Thus, Troiareuke provides a customized 1:1 prescription system that will target your daily needs and concerns via a holistic means of Chroma, Aroma and Herb therapy.

Experience the self-spa cosmetic prescription brand that’s favored by even skincare professionals and aestheticians.”

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The Troiareuke Aesthetic Start Kit contains the following:

    1. TROIAREUKE Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing 55ml
    2. TROIAREUKE Skin Complex Formula 60ml
    3. TROIAREUKE Formula Ampoule Green 10ml
    4. TROIAREUKE Acsen Recovery Cream 25ml

While browsing the main page of this product, it advertises this kit like an at-home spa treatment, especially for those with acne-prone, sensitive skin. I decided to rotate it every-other-night from my PM Skincare Routine, following StyleKorean’s guide to using it. I pulled descriptions of each product from BeautyTap – they have a more eloquent way of describing the products 🙂


Step 1: Weak Acid Cleansing

“The Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing is a carefully balanced facial cleanser that addresses the needs of oily, acne-prone skin, and sensitive skin. A clear gel that contains zero oil, thanks to its microemulsion system, this cleanser contains antibacterial soapwort extract, a natural surfactant that walks the fine line of cleansing without stripping or irritating skin. Papaya extract exfoliates dead skin cells, while portulaca extract soothes and calms skin irritation.”

Trial Size: 55ml
Regular Size: 120ml

Main Ingredients:
Papaya extract – have papain enzyme that exfoliates the skin
Portulaca oleracea L – skin-soothing; antioxidant
Aloevera extract – skin-soothing
Selemix An – I have no idea lolol

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This cleansing non-oil has a liquidy-gel type texture with a bit of a scent to it, and contains a minimal, yet recognizable list of ingredients. The Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing is so light, it really thins out as you massage it into your skin and dries up quickly. Despite this, it quickly broke down my It Cosmetics CC Cream by the time it dried. I rinsed it off with lukewarm water, and followed up with a soaked cotton pad of Too Cool For School Cleansing Water to make sure there’s nothing left. The Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing does not completely remove everything, so be sure to not skip your double cleanse! I actually don’t know if this is supposed to be for first or second cleanse, because it’s a non-oil cleanser that removes makeup! Aside from that, this gel-type cleanser feels very nice on the skin, and it’s very suitable for those who do not like cleansing oils out on the market. If I were to purchase the full size of anything, I would choose the Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing!


Step 2: Tight Skin, Ampoule + Toner

“The Healing Cocktail of the Skin Complex Formula and Anti Trouble Formula ampoule are made to go together to create a synergistic toner that specifically addresses irritable, reactive skin. The hydrating Skin Complex Formula calms inflammation, fights free radicals, and infuses skin with a boost of moisture. With antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory pycnogenol from pine bark extract and 18 other botanical extracts, the toner relieves oxidative stress and strengthens the skin barrier. It can be used on its own or mixed together with the Anti Trouble Formula ampoule, which is formulated with 12 botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid to calm irritated skin. The Anti Trouble ampoule can also be used on its own or mixed into your favorite moisturizer.”

SCF Trial Size: 60ml
SCF Regular Size: 180ml

ATFA Trial Size: 10ml
SCF Regular Size: 20ml
Main Ingredients:
Kava Kava Extract – Calming, Soothing, Moisturizing

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On its main page, the combo of the Skin Complex Formula and the Anti-Trouble Formula Ampoule is supposed to help with dehydration and calm the skin. Having said that, you most definitely should mix the two because the Anti Trouble Formula Ampoule has Alcohol high on the ingredients list. The Skin Complex formula bottle isn’t even full with product and there are a lot of hints you should mix the two.

I like that the Skin Complex Formula has a blend of recognizable skin-friendly ingredients such as Glycerin, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Chamomile, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calendula, with some added exotic plant extracts such as Pine (antimicrobial, antioxidant), Hibiscus (skin-conditioning) and Honeysuckle (skin-soothing) (these are near the top of the list). The Green Ampoule however is concentrated with a lot of exotic plant extracts I haven’t seen in my skincare products before, some of which are skin-conditioning: Lotus, Gnaphaliumleontopodium, Madonna Lily, Freesia.

I shake up the bottle and make sure I spray my face evenly and under my jaw where I also breakout. I’m surprised this spray actually delivers light hydration and leaves a bit of tack on the skin, but nothing too heavy. Even as I leave it on my skin, I never feel like I’m getting dried up. For such a light, watery formula, it really does leave a pleasant, non-irritating feeling on the skin!


Step 3: Problem Solver, Recovery Cream

 

“The [Acsen] Recovery Cream helps heal and hydrate acne-prone, sensitive skin with portulaca extract and Malaysian Centella asiatica extract, the highest quality of its kind. Great for use on trouble spots, acne scars, dry patches, or redness, this cream accelerates skin recovery with calendula extract, while salicylic acid speeds cell turnover and removes excess sebum.”

Trial & Regular Size: 25ml
Main Ingredients:
Centella Asiatica Extract: Skin-soothing, antioxidant

The Recovery cream uses Madecassic Acid, and ingredient derived from Centella Asiatica to help with wound-healing; In this case, to help heal up a popped spot. There is also Salicylic Acid (unknown %) and Beta-Glucan on the list that also help with reducing and soothing blemishes.

This is a good light lotion type of moisturizer. For my skin-type, I notice my skin feels dry shortly after I apply the Recovery Cream, even applying my Hada Labo Perfect Gel prior. My face doesn’t feel tight, but I personally do not feel moisturized enough. Even so, I’d recommend using it in specific areas where you either have open wounds from popping a pimple (bad!) or dry spots. Face moisturizers usually come in 50ml packaging minimum, so using this 25ml as a face moisturizer would go to waste quickly.


I noticed when putting it on a rather inflamy spot that the pain died down pretty quickly and the redness subsided quite a bit.


Final Thoughts

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PROS:
– Lightweight
– Gentle; Non-sensitizing
– Little amount needed
– Effective
– Decent amount of product for a Trial Kit

CONS:
– Price; More expensive than other popular products at full size
– Fragrance; Potentially irritating for those with very sensitive skin

The Troiareuke Aesthetic Start Kit is perfect for who its main clients are – oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin. All products contain botanical, skin-soothing ingredients that are very light in consistency, non-sensitizing, and very approachable for individuals that don’t want anything feeling heavy on their skin with a lot of residue. Despite the price point, a little goes a long way when you use the products, so you will see some skin benefits while using it.

I wouldn’t fully knock this off the list for those who are dry however; I still noticed it did something for my skin despite how dry I am. Instead of using it on its own, I incorporated it into my current skincare routine with other hydrating and moisturizing products and it worked fine.

Typically when I start testing a lot of products and don’t maintain consistency with my routine I notice breakouts galore, but none of that has happened while using the Troiareuke Aesthetic Start Kit! All the products were very gentle and I never got a sensitized feeling. Despite my normal to dry skin, I still benefited from each product if I included it in my usual skincare.

FULL SIZE PRICES FROM STYLEKOREAN:
$38 USD – TROIAREUKE Acsen Oil Cut Cleansing 120ml
$100 USD – TROIAREUKE Skin Complex Formula 180ml + TROIAREUKE Formula Ampoule Green 20ml
$58 USD – TROIAREUKE Acsen Recovery Cream 25ml

TOTAL: $196 USD (before tax)

TROIAREUKE AESTHETIC START KIT FROM BEAUTYTAP:
Original Price: $139 USD
Sale (as I write this): $79 USD

If you are interested in trying Troiareuke products, but do not want to invest in the full size, definitely opt for the Aesthetic Start Kit (especially with the deal going on). It’s quite an expensive brand from the KBeauty world, so you want to make sure you like it! I’ve invested in skincare for around $200 before, so it’s not entirely unreasonable. This kit also contains the essentials of a good cleanser, treatment, and moisturizer (spot moisturizer), all necessary steps in your skincare.

I recommend looking at COSDNA’s list on Troiareuke ingredients. It just gives the list of ingredients of whatever product and its function. VERY useful if you’re overwhelmed with the list of exotic plant extracts and just need to know what something does!

All in all I enjoyed the products and were well incorporated in my skincare routine.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xo, M


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SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #1]: Make P:rem UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

INTRO to the SERIES

The more I delve into the realm of skincare science, the more I get into sunscreen. As much as I love being outside in the warm weather, you should always be on top of your sun protection game. While the sun is a life giver and healer, excessive sun exposure guaranteed causes burning and DNA damage. Depending on your genetic makeup and which part of the world you live, there is a unique balancing act we all have to play, but sunscreen should ALWAYS be applied well and reapplied.

Being exposed to the Asian Beauty industry and wearing their SPF products is what really begun this desire for constant sunscreen application. Undoubtedly the industry has many a comfortable and cosmetically elegant sunscreens on the market!

I’ve made quite the collection of sunscreens since and I thought I’d do some simple, but hopefully easily understood reviews on these sunscreens if you’re considering purchasing them!

QUICK NOTES:
Skin Type: Acne prone, dry
Shade: Light-Medium, Medium
Undertone: Neutral, leans to yellow or olive (mixed Asian, I am confused about this lol)
Application Amount: Nickel-size
Photos: Natural light, taken right away


Make P:rem Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

Price: $32 USD / $36 CAD
Amount: 75ml / 2.53 fl Oz
Protection: UVA/UVB
Strength: SPF 50+ PA++++

UV FILTERS:
Type: Chemical, unknown percentages
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – Octinoxate
Homosalate
Ethylhexyl Salicylate – Octisalate
Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate – Uvinul A Plus

INGREDIENTS:
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CONSISTENCY: Milky gel

 

APPLICATION: Glides on easily and quickly sets
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FINISH : Glowy
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FEEL: Very light. Not tacky and doesn’t feel like it adds moisture

STINGS EYES? Yes.

WHITECAST? No.

WATER RESISTANT? Unknown.

SKIN BENEFITS?
Skin is very healthy-looking and even tone throughout the day; more in-the-moment type of effects rather than long term. Don’t really feel the “cool down” from infrared, but my skin is never irritated when I have sunscreen on.

GOOD UNDER MAKEUP?
Yes (It Cosmetics CC Cream). CC Cream is able to glide on my skin very easily and doesn’t disrupt its finish. Both products have a glowy finish, but I’ve used many different types of complexion products with this sunscreen to know it won’t make your makeup overly glowy.

WHERE TO BUY:
Glow Recipe
Bisou Beauty Bar

Anything else I should be adding that would help with this series? Let me know in the comments down below!

xo, M

REVIEW: [JOLSE] secretKey Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel 120ml (New Package)

Jolse, another online Asian Beauty Retailer that offers worldwide shipping on Asian skincare, makeup, and other cosmetic products! They sent me the Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel * to review and I’m ready to share my thoughts with you all!

I’ve been using the product for about 3 weeks now, about 3-4 times a week.

I’ll say it right now, I loved it after the first time I’ve used it.


ABOUT THIS PRODUCT

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Features (as listed on Jolse)

  • Lemon water, lemon extract, and carbonated water eliminates skin wastes.
  • The mild peeling gel tends the skin with a moist and fresh finish.
  • Natural ingredients provide moisture and soothes the stimulated skin.

Price: $9.65 USD
Amount: 120ml
Texture: Thick gel

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Highlighted Ingredients:
Citrus Lemon Fruit Water
(90ppm = 0.009%) and Extract (10ppm = 0.001%) – Contains a high amount of vitamin C, but there are only extracts so we don’t know if it’s even a decent amount of vitamin C to have a long term effect, but it can impart a brightening effect.
Carbonated Water (47ppm = 0.0047) – The idea behind this is that it washes your face better than plain water. The bubbles deliver oxygen to your skin, helping to wash away dirt and dead skin buildup. Also claimed to help with puffiness, as well as firming and plumping the skin and controlling oils. Washing your face with carbonated water is a technique originally hyped up and popularized by Japanese women.

Other Notable Ingredients (listed by basic functions (some are repeated)):
Skin-Conditioning:
 Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract (also could be sensitizing), Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Hydrolized Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oryza Sativa Rice Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract
Skin-Soothing: Althaea Rosea Root Extract, Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis, Veirginania (Witch-Hazel) Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Antioxidant: Camellia Sinsesis Leaf Water (47ppm = 0.0047%): Antioxidant, Witch Hazel Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Algae Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Exfoliant: Carica Papaya Fruit Extract (possible exfoliant properties)

Very awesome that the ingredients list are mostly that of skin-soothing and skin-conditioning! (I found the basic functions from various websites like EWG, Paula’s Choice, Special Chem. Feel free to correct anything if the basic function is not accurate).

The main advertising points on Jolse.com are in Korean, so I don’t know what all the claims are and how hyped up other ingredients may be.


MY EXPERIENCE

Scent: Fragrance is listed in the product. It smells like a dish detergent, but not in an overly chemical way. It’s very light, so it doesn’t bother me much. I was expecting a strong, artificial, citrusy sweet type of scent. I’m pleasantly surprised how gentle and natural it actually is!

Application: Spreads well without pilling immediately. Pilling is not as chunky, it looks thinner. You can lightly massage your face for a decent amount of time without feeling the product dry up too much.

Instant Benefits: Face does not feel dry or like it was even compromised negatively from any product. Skin feels very soft and smooth, looks even tone and slightly brighter.

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Shizzle from my face. I used to get more when I started using peeling gels!

Long Term Benefits: Helps prevent skin congestion and gets rid of any rough feeling on my face. I use it in the morning and it has never sensitized my face. The feel of my skin is well maintained when I use it consistently.


FINAL THOUGHTS

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The Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel has become an instant favourite. I was expecting a cheap, conventional peel that would just do the basics of exfoliating with no additional skin benefit. This peeling gel does what it says and I am surprised at the quality. There is a lot of product that contains a bunch of skin-soothing and conditioning ingredients, making it gentle on the skin and leaving baby soft results. Because of this, I don’t know if we could say the lemon-derived ingredients or carbonated water are the true keys to making this product so good. Either way, my skin has only been benefiting!

I saw it being sold on Amazon.ca for $20, whereas on Jolse.com it’s $9.65 USD (right now $7.24 USD because of a sale)! To find a skincare product that works well, is affordable, and has good ingredients is a rarity, so I’m glad I got a chance to try it. On that note, I’ve barely been touching my current peeling gel, Dr. G. Brightening Peeling Gel (but I will definitely finish it up).

You can buy Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel at Jolse.com

Hope this review helped you out! Is washing your face with carbonated water really that awesome? Also, did you like how I listed the ingredients by their basic function? Let me know your thoughts, that way I can tweak upcoming reviews to your preference as well.

xo, M


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Glass Skin for the Unblessed: Skincare Focused, Minimal Makeup

What is Glass Skin? Glow Recipe Co-Founder Christine Chang describes it as “…when your skin is so healthy, even toned, and plumped with hydration that it’s almost translucent, like a shard of glass.” – Vogue Article

It was almost instinctive that I brush off glass skin to be something achievable for me. Why? First off, I still break out. Secondly, I’m still trying to heal the atrophic scarring I have from my cystic acne past. So I did what everyone else would do, watch perfect-skin looking YouTubers do it and enjoy the aesthetic vicariously. It actually wasn’t until I saw Edward Avila’s take on glass skin that I became inspired to try it myself. Edward is a KBeauty YouTuber based in Seoul and he has a considerable amount of texture from acne like myself. Despite the crazy glow mixed with texture, his skin overall looked REALLY good and in my opinion definitely achieved the look. To see someone with a similar skin-type as mine prompted me to try it for myself.

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REVIEW & COMPARE: Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner – Scented and Unscented!

If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you’ll notice that the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner has been mentioned a couple of times or so in my posts; if you know me in person, I may have demanded that you buy it at some point. But I’ve never really got into detail as to what it is about this toner that makes me love it so much. I got sent Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner * to try out, so I thought this would be a good time to go in depth about both toners!

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