BRAND REVIEW: Dear, Klairs

For the past few years, Klairs products have at some point, and still is, part of my skincare routine. When my skin was going through a very confusing time, their skincare managed to provide some type of relief and help with my skin concerns. I have tried old and new formulations of their products, been exposed to their marketing long enough, and follow them on Instagram to see their updates. I figured it was about time I did a big review on the products I have tried, as well as the brand as a whole!


QUICK FACTS

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Here’s some information on Dear, Klairs based on what’s available online and what I have noticed when shopping their products:

  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
    • They actually created “Stay Beagly” Badges for Wishtrend’s Cruelty Free Week Sale and proceeds went to saving Beagles and making sure they get a loving home! Check out their Instagram posts in May, and be sure to click left to see more! May 20th, 2018
  • High quality at reasonable prices
  • Only use necessary ingredients in the formula that contribute to skin’s overall health
  • No artificial fragrances used (although one of their products just has “Fragrance” on the list – I’ll point it out)
  • Effective, yet mild formulas
    • They keep sensitive skin types in mind
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Have a variety of products
    • Beauty tools
    • Makeup
    • Skincare
  • Different skincare lines focused on specific concerns
  • Price range is $$
    • Least expensive product – Mochi BB Cushion Air Puff $1.50 USD
    • Most expensive product – Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop $30 USD
  • Always offer great deals with their skincare bundles. I always get them if I plan on repurchasing a product, as well as if my family and friends want to repurchase something in my order.
  • Their samples have expiry dates so you can save them for short trips! I did that when I went to Puerto Vallarta with friends.

Something they don’t list themselves, but deserves a quick mention: They take constructive criticism well and use the feedback they get from customers to improve their formulas and create new products!

I have tried old/new formulations of the following:
Supple Preparation Facial Toner – added Unscented version
Rich Moist Soothing Serum – less sticky, more elegant formulation
Rich Moist Soothing Cream – jar to tube with more product and added ingredients
Sheet masks – cotton to tencel and bamboo sheet material

Even with reformulations, I still find some Klairs products a hit and miss for me. Not a miss in a way where I think the product is awful, but moreso that it doesn’t tickle my fancy and it doesn’t have a purpose in my routine. Overall I do think they offer a variety of products for everyone, even the ones I personally don’t care for.

I will only be reviewing the products I own / have tried, which is about 14/23 products. It’s not all, but they seem to be the more popular products out of the bunch! For any product I did a full review on, I’ll be sure to leave the corresponding blog posts for you to look at if you’re interested in finding out more.

Also since there are quite a number of products, I’ll be linking each one with the COSDNA Ingredient List, that way it’s easier to check out what the primary functions of each one is.

For the full list of their products, check out their page http://klairscosmetics.com/products/


Blue Line – Keep skin looking youthful

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This line focuses on calming the skin and lowering inflammation using Guaiazulene as the star ingredient. It is an extract from the chamomile plant that turns from violet to light blue after the blending process. It is used to treat a variety of skin ailments, especially when it’s inflamed or has damaged skin tissue (eg. sunburns, eczema)

Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask *
COSDNA IL
Amount: 25ml
Price: $3 USD
First off – they do not have Guaiazulene in this, and I don’t know why it would not be included in the essence; It’s pretty much the whole reason for the Blue Line!  However, it has a handful of soothing ingredients such as Erythritol, Willow Bark Extract, Allantoin, Centella Asiatica, making this mask particularly beneficial for those with inflamed skin; Since it functions as a calming sheet mask, it does give it merit to be part of the Blue Line. I like that they went the route with using bamboo instead of cotton. It comes in a top and bottom piece, fits my face better and it definitely holds the essence longer. After use, this mask made my face look and feel very smooth, look even tone, and helped lower inflammation around breakouts.

Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop
COSDNA IL
Amount: 20ml
Price: $30 USD
This is a peptide serum that is one of Klairs’ products catered to anti-aging. Despite it only being 20ml, it is not in a base of water and contains only 10 ingredients, EGF and bFGF being the first two on the list. On initial application my skin always feels surprisingly soft, considering that this is a watery formula. I particularly like applying this after using a product that was sensitizing, making sure my skin doesn’t take a bad route from the reaction. I do have a love/hate with this serum however because of the size and if it’s really “keeping me young”. This is my second bottle, and with retinol or retinoids being in my skincare from here on out, I have been applying the Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop afterwards to ensure I don’t get any irritation. A subscriber also commented that they use this serum after dermarolling, instead of a Vitamin C serum like I used, and noticed its benefits. I would definitely like to give that a try, since no matter the % Vitamin C definitely stings, especially if you create multiple small wounds on your face!

Midnight Blue Calming Cream
COSDNA IL
Amount:
30ml – 60ml
Price:
$24.50 USD – $31 USD
This is like the cream version of the Youth Activating Drop, for it also contains peptides and Guaiazulene. The reason I like it better is because it contains other ingredients I really like such as Niacinamide, Centella Asiatica, and Ceramide 3. I repurchased the jar twice and invested in the 60ml limited size. This is a must in my routine, and serves the same purpose as the Youth Drop only heavier. Despite the thickness, I don’t get additional breakouts from the cream, but rather soothed skin, especially when my chin area is inflamed with pimples! The jar is good for travelling, for I almost always breakout after getting off the plane! Even if there is a climate change, I find myself reaching for this constantly to soothe my skin (or if I reeeeeaaaaalllllly react with a skincare product).

Recommended for: Constantly irritated and/or inflamed skin that needs some calming.


Freshly Juiced Line – The Ultimate Brightening Solution

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The more “active” line out of the bunch, each product carries a star ingredient(s) that have skin benefits, including maintaining a healthy glow and youthful look!

Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ *
COSDNA IL
Amount: 80ml
Price: $23 USD
Klairs’ newest sunscreen, and hallellujah it’s so good! It’s an all chemical sunscreen with the more photostable filters Uvinul A Plus and Uvinul T 150. It come in a large size at a decent price; despite it being a chemical sunscreen it does not sensitize my skin or irritate my eyes. If you have normal to oily skin, you can even get away with this being your moisturizer! I found it adds a slight bit of moisture to my skin, giving it the supple look, not a greasy sunscreen look. It  It’s a new addition that is one of the best they have to offer.

Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask *
COSDNA IL
Amount: 90ml
Price: $27 USD
Probably the best sleeping mask I have tried to date. I’ve never been a fan over moisturizing, overnight masks because they tend to enlarge my pores, make me feel congested, and never tackle the dehydrated feeling. The Vitamin E Mask actually performs! My skin instantly looks bright and plump on application, stays moisturized the next day despite sleeping in a dry environment, and my pores look smaller. I definitely see the 2% Niacinamide working well.

Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
COSDNA IL
Amount: 35ml
Price: $23 USD
This is a likeable serum, but not my favourite. I like that this brightened and plumped my skin, felt hydrating, and evened out my skin tone. However long-term it did nothing for my hyperpigmentation. I am suspecting a few things:
1) The 5% L-Ascorbic Acid wasn’t enough for me
2) The lack of Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid in the formula is not bringing it to its full potential
3) Only suitable for the most sensitive of skin types
Your skin also feels heated on application. It didn’t bother me much or make my skin look splotchy, but I can see this being a concern for very sensitive skin. (Truthfully, I’m questioning if vitamin C really does anything for me atm, even the Timeless serum that has 20% LAA).

RELATED CONTENT:
SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #1: Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++
Dynamic Duo? Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop & Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Face Mask


Recommended for:
Those who need an instant brightening and hydrating boost! I think oily skin types would enjoy this line, but be wary of the Vitamin E Mask for it might be too heavy for you, even with the lightest amount. Sensitive skinned peeps beware of both the Mask and Vitamin Drop – you will feel some type of sensation!


Rich Moist Soothing Line
Deeply moisturize and soothe the skin

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These were the first items from Klairs I ever tried. They served as good, gentle products when my skin was transitioning from oily to dry, and when I stopped birth control and started having crazy hormonal breakouts.

Rich Moist Soothing Serum
COSDNA IL
Amount:
80ml
Price:
$22.99 USD
Both old and new formula, I find this did nothing for my skin. It adds a moment of a soothing feeling and disappears into my skin, barely making the surface feel soft. I think this is TOO gentle for me. What’s weird is that it has similar ingredients in the Supple Preparation Toner (which I love), but I don’t find I get the same effect. Maybe I prefer the toner as the “vehicle” for those ingredients rather than the serum?
Skincarisma actually did an ingredient comparison of the Rich Moist Soothing Serum and Supple Preparation Facial Toner, what they both have and what one has over the other. Definitely give it a look!

Rich Moist Soothing Cream
COSDNA IL
Amount:
60ml
Price:
$24.50 USD
My OG moisturizer when my skin started transitioning from oily to dry. It is a Glycerin-based moisturizer with Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Ceramide 3, as well as a variety of plant extracts. It comforted my skin while using it and I never felt congested. Now that I have branched off to my Cerave PM, I appreciate the minimal and effective ingredient list, and that it’s more accessible for me to get. I have not gone back to the Rich Moist Soothing Cream and don’t think I need to hang on to it anymore. It’s still a good moisturizer, and I have got my friend hooked on it for her dry, psoriasis skin.

Recommended for: Those new in skincare and need a gentle and simple start. The Rich Moist Soothing Line is basic, and sometimes that’s what you need. You can layer this as you like, making it suitable for oily to dry skin. As for the Rich Moist Soothing Tencil Sheet Mask, I only tried the old formulation and didn’t like it. The new one claims to have ceramides, so it’s possible it’s more nourishing, but I still can’t bring myself to want to try it.



Supple Preparation Line – Cleanse and Hydrate the Skin

IMG_20181103_144933.jpgIt’s exactly what the name of the line suggests, it makes your skin supple! To better describe it in my own terms, they are products that help add a little extra to your skin, without a heavy finish.

Supple Preparation Facial Toner Original & Unscented *
COSDNA List
Amount: 180ml
Price: $21.99 USD
I’ve spoken about this too much, so I’ll be brief! Love this toner, have gone through multiple bottles of it. It is a no fuss type of product that gives your skin that little extra *oomph*. The Unscented one is definitely your go to if you’re looking for a light, simple, hydrating toner to add to your routine without the essential oils.

Toner Mate 2-in-1 Cotton Pad 
Amount: 60-60 pads
Price: $6.50 USD
Compressed Pad: 100% Cotton
Sponge Pad: Pulp-Rayon blend
Probably the best damn cotton pads ever. I never knew how important cotton pads are until I tried these ones. I still have a pack of Delon cotton pads I got for $15 at Costco. They’re good, but these….. Not a drop of product goes to waste, even with the thicker, more compressed pad. The compressed pad is best used say if you feel like you need to wipe extra stuff off your skin while adding hydration. The softer, sponge pad to help saturate your skin more, and you can even use them for toner masks.

Supple Preparation All Over Lotion (2 samples)
Amount (full size):
250ml
Price (full size):
$26.50 USD

This is a fast absorbing body-lotion that can be used for both face and body, depending the type of finish you prefer in a moisturizer. This one caters to those that don’t like a heavy finish. This also has Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Beta-Glucan, Ceramide NP and a ton of plant extracts as well. Comparing it to the Rich Moist Soothing Cream, these ingredients are all near the top of the list, but the difference is in the finish.

Recommended for: Those who literally want a “simple, but enough” type of feel to their skin. And high quality cotton pads. It pretty much compliments the Rich Moist Soothing Line (or any skincare routine for that matter) well.

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



Gentle Black Cleansing Line – Deep cleanse the skin without irritation

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Similar to the theme in the Blue Line, Klairs has a few cleansers that have black ingredients as their highlighted ingredients. The ones I see listed are black sugar, charcoal, and black currant.

Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil (multiple samples)
COSDNA IL
Amount: 150ml
Price: $22.90 USD
A gentle makeup remover with Black Currant Seed Oil. It’s a soothing and moisturizing ingredient high in linoleic acid,making it suitable for problematic skin; It found in the middle of the list along with other plant oils such as Jojoba Seed, Soybean, and Sesame Seed. It is an emulsifying cleansing oil so there is no need for a towel, although I do find it takes a bit to wash off without it. From the handful of times I have used this, my skin is left feeling moisturized and smooth, but it also feels like product is lingering on my face. This is also the one I found in their line that has just “Fragrance” on the list, instead of their typical EO blend found in their other skincare products.

Recommended for: 1st cleanse steps but still want that slight moisturized finish.



Makeup

Klairs doesn’t really have a big makeup line, but I have purchased and still use their BB Cream!

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Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream
COSDNA IL
Amount: 40ml
Price: $24.99 USD
I remember this being the first Asian BB cream I tried without making my skin grey and I could actually wear on its own. My skin definitely had a natural glow to it, and it helped blur my enlarged pores and make my skin look smoother and literally supple. I’m a bit tanner than I was when I first tried this product, and even at my paler times this really makes my skin tone look lighter. At the beginning of this year, I mixed it in with my It Cosmetics CC Cream (Medium) to match my lighter skin tone better. I may just keep using it for that purpose only.

Recommended for: Those who want a “My Skin But Better” type of look.

RELATED CONTENT:
Review: Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream and Enca Acne Control Total Concealer
Glass Skin for the Unblessed: Skincare Focused, Minimal Makeup


Final Thoughts

Dear, Klairs is a great brand to consider if you want to venture into K-Beauty that’s cruelty-free with vegan formulas. They reformulate and formulate products based on customer input, any skin-type can use their products, they are fairly affordable, and a little goes a long way when using their products in your skincare routine.

Based on my skin concerns and needs, here are Klairs products I highly recommend:
Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50 PA++++
Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask
Supple Preparation Facial Toner
Toner Mate 2-in-1 Cotton Pads

Where to purchase:
Wishtrend
Amazon

Wishtrend is having their annual Black Friday sale soon, and that’s usually when I shop on their website! Amazon would be preferred for those that have Prime, but I’m not sure if the sale prices will reflect there. If you’ve been eyeing Klairs products, I hope my post helps you navigate their selection to choose and try the ones right for you.

xo, M

P.S. Stay tuned for the video, where I will be swatching and demo-ing all the products listed!


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Sunscreen Sunday #2: CANMAKE Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++

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ABOUT:
“Powerful, yet delectably moist
● SPF 50+ / PA++++
● Smooth gel without that roughness or stickiness characteristic of most sunscreens. Recommended for those who prefer a light, refreshing sunscreen.
Splash it on like a facial lotion – also serves as a make-up base
● Gel breaks down into a watery texture as you smooth it over your skin. After using face wash, this is all you need for complete skincare and UV protection.
*Can also be used after your usual facial lotion and other skincare products.
● Serves as a moisturizing make-up base with UV protection. Infuses your skin with moisture, helping your foundation to sit better and last longer.
● Use it on your body, as well as your face.
Skincare gel with 85% beautifying ingredients
● This pleasant watery gel contains 85% beautifying ingredients.
Easily portable tube format
● Sunscreen is most effective when reapplied frequently. Comes in an easily portable tube that makes it simple to adjust the amount you apply, so it’s perfect for reapplying sunscreen when you’re out and about.”

Price: 700yen = ~$6.22 USD / ~$8.09 CAD (I got it for this price because my friend bought it for me in store)
Amount: 40g
Protection: UVA/UVB
Strength: SPF 50+ PA++++

UV FILTERS:
Type: Hybrid
Chemical: Octinoxate, Uvinul A Plus, Tinosorb S
Physical: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide

INGREDIENTS:
There’s no English on the packaging, so I looked at the following websites:
Ratzilla
COSDNA

CONSISTENCY: Light cream.

APPLICATION: Spreads easily and and dries down quickly.
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FINISH: There is a very light, shimmery sheen to this product.
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FEEL: Light and matte. Slightly drying.

STINGS EYES? Never used it around eyes because of whatever shimmer pigments it uses.

WHITECAST? No.

WATER RESISTANT? I don’t know.

SKIN BENEFITS?
Based on their ingredients list, it’s just a bunch of plant extracts near the end of the list. I’d just stick with this as a primer with sun protection benefits.

UNDER MAKEUP:
I’m surprised how it is under my It Cosmetics CC Cream. I thought it wouldn’t do much since the CC Cream has a glow on its own. In light applications of the CC Cream, this sunscreen/primer’s finish is actually what dominates as the base. It’s as if I have the coverage of the CC Cream, but the finish is that of the primer. I likey likey likey.

WHERE TO BUY:
YesStyle
DokoDemo

CANMAKE Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ surprised me. Not for the UV protection, but how great of a primer it is! The fact it took away the It Cosmetics CC Cream shine and used it’s own… Well, damn! As a sunscreen, it’s light and creates a grease-free surface, but somewhat drying on my normal to dry skin. The tube is pretty small to last primarily as a sunscreen, so I only use it as a primer on top of a different sunscreen I have – it’s as if it helps to layer your sunscreen protection more elegantly, rather than gooping the original SPF you have on your face! I definitely recommend trying it out if you can. Unfortunately online options can be more expensive than in store, so if you are ever in Japan and are eyeing it, get it!

xo, M


[RELATED CONTENT]
SUNSCREEN SUNDAY:
SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #1: Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

SUNSCREEN WEEK:
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #1]: Make P:rem UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #2]: Elta Md UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #3]: Boo Bamboo Natural Sunscreen Mini Spray SPF 30 (Regular and Baby & Kids)
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #4]: The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #5]: Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #6]: Riversol SPF 30 Lightweight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
SUNSCREEN WEEK [DAY #7]: La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 50


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SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #1: Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

Back in July, I did Sunscreen Week and reviewed 7 sunscreens. Instead of waiting until I have 7 sunscreens, I thought if I did have one to review, I’ll just review it on Sunday! To kick off this new Sunscreen Sunday Series, I will be starting with Klairs’ new Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ *.

If you’re curious about Sunscreen Week, here are the reviews! They all follow the same review format. If there’s something I’m missing in these sunscreen reviews, please let me know!
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #1]: Make P:rem UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #2]: Elta Md UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #3]: Boo Bamboo Natural Sunscreen Mini Spray SPF 30 (Regular and Baby & Kids)
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #4]: The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #5]: Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #6]: Riversol SPF 30 Lightweight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
SUNSCREEN WEEK [DAY #7]: La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 50

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ABOUT:
“The Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++++ is an everyday sun protector for sensitive skin. As is it water-based, it holds a gel-type texture to give a soft weightless and light finish. Also with its high SPF and PA level, it completely guards the skin against UVA, UVB without leaving any greasiness or white cast. The Klairs Freshly Juiced Line is to brighten dull skin with the effect of the vitamin for sensitive skin. Apply Soft Aivy UV Essence after using this line to shield your skin from UV lights and enhance vitamin effects.

Price: $23 USD / ~$30 CAD
Amount: 80 ml / 2.7 fl oz
Protection: UVA/UVB
Strength: SPF 50+ PA++++

UV FILTERS:
Type: Chemical
Uvinul A Plus, Uvinul T 150

INGREDIENTS:
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CONSISTENCY: Light cream.

APPLICATION: Spreads easily and actually feels airy. No stickyness or greasiness as you apply.
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FINISH: Undetectable. It adds a slight moisturized look to the skin but nothing overly glowy.
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FEEL: Light.

STINGS EYES? No, but I prefer using a physical sunscreen around my eyes.

WHITECAST? No.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS?
Contains Niacinamide, Adenosine, Panthenol, Beta-Glucan, and Sea Buckthorn Oil. I find these ingredients do have purpose and contribute to my skin’s health aside from sun protection. This sunscreen doesn’t sting my face and my skin feels smoother.

UNDER MAKEUP:
It Cosmetics CC Cream glides on easily, and it doesn’t add or subtract anything about the finish.

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend
YesStyle

Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ is a “cosmetically elegant” sunscreen. I’ve tried Klairs’ Mid-Day Blue Sun Lotion in the past and while I liked it, the cast is very noticeable. They finally came out with a chemical sunscreen that doesn’t have a cast, doesn’t sting my face, and feels comfortable on the skin! I also find it a great value; 80ml / 2.7 fl oz for $24-30! I definitely recommend Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ if you’ve been eyeing it.
REVIEW | Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion SPF40 / PA++

I have other new sunscreens in my collection, so stay tuned for other Sunscreen Sunday reviews!

xo, M


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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]: Some By Mi Products! (AHA/BHA/PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner & Cleansing Bar, H7 Hydromax Cream)

Seriously, how many of us saw this product and the before/afters circulate our social media feeds? Some By Mi reached out to me to try their very popular AHA/BHA/PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner as well as their Cleansing Bar and H7 Hydromax Cream.

Some By Mi (meaning: Attracted to Beauty) is a popular natural cosmetic Korean Brand that’s all about “Miracle of my skin with good ingredients” (this is their slogan translated to English). 400 thousand of their products sold out within 3 months, and from that popular before/after photo circulating around, their products seem especially catered to those with acne-prone skin.

For this review, I will be more detailed about the 30 Day Miracle Toner because it’s the only information I received in English from the brand. I will do my best to review the other products in this post.

And yes, as the title suggests, there will be a giveaway of all 3 products! Be sure to check out the details at the end of this post. Let’s get on to the review!


About the Brand

Some By Mi means “Attracted by Beauty”
Slogan is “Miracle of my skin with good ingredients”
Popular natural Korean Cosmetic Brand
400 thousand products sold out in 3 months
Products catered mostly to those with acne-prone skin
From what I’ve seen on e-retailers, these products are always on sale at a reduced cost / some type of deal


AHA/BHA/PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner

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CLAIMS / QUICK FACTS:

  • 150ml, 32, 000 won
  • Skin Cell Control
  • Exfoliating
  • Acne Control
  • Smooth Skin
  • Skin Cell and Body Waste Removal
  • Moisturizing
  • Pore Control
  • Improvement of Complexion
  • Passed the Hypo-Allergenic Test – I don’t know what this test is
  • Without 20  Stimulating Ingredients – meaning 20 ingredients that could cause a negative reaction
  • Sebum-Control
  • Blackhead Control
  • pH 5.5
  • Ingredients based on EWG Safety Ratings

Ingredient Highlights

Note: The ingredients listed is provided to me by Some By Mi. It doesn’t reflect the entire ingredient list, just the main ones.

AHA (Citric Acid): 500ppm = 0.05%
– Derived from citrus fruits
– Usually used as a pH adjuster
– Larger molecule than Glycolic Acid
– Not as studied as Glycolic or Lactic Acid
– If in higher % could exfoliate the skin and act as water-binding agent

BHA (Salicylic Acid): 100ppm = 0.01%
– Exfoliates the pore lining, making it very suitable for acne-prone skin
– Also has soothing properties

PHA Lactobionic Acid: 100ppm = 0.01%
– Supposed to be as effective as AHAs
– Larger molecular structure; Doesn’t penetrate the skin as quickly
– Less sensitizing

Tea Tree Water: 10, 000ppm = 1%
– Tea Tree Oil is skin-soothing
– Some By Mi explains that it helps soothe skin, relieve inflammation and disinfect skin (antibacterial properties)

Niacinamide: 2%
I love this ingredient, it’s multipurpose for your skin’s health
– Improves barrier function
– Controls oil production
– Minimizes pores and fine lines
– Brightening

Other Notables (stated by Some By Mi)
Adenosine: Anti-wrinkle
P-Refynil: Sebum Control
Fructan: Deep Hydration

Usage:
I removed my acne treatments – BHA wash, BP wash, Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum, Differin
Applied toner morning and night for 14 days (I only used it for this much because at the time of testing this, I was at the 2 month mark for Differin. It’s recommended to use Differin for 3 months to see its results, so it was very risking removing it from my skincare routine).
I’m Finally Sharing my Current Skincare Routines 2018

Scent: It has a noticeable smell of mint, but it doesn’t overwhelm my senses and last. After using Google Translate, Peppermint Oil appears as the last ingredient.

Texture: Very watery. To compare, Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner is more viscous.

Application:  As recommended by Some By Mi, use a cotton pad and wipe upwards. I applied about 4 douses each time. For my bad breakout areas I let the cotton pad sit for a bit on that area for maybe 30 seconds to get extra treatment.

Finish: None. It sinks into the skin pretty quickly and I don’t find this has any softening effect like Klairs.

Immediate Results: Overnight any active pimples including cysts decreased in size. Imparted a brightening effect after use, making the skin look slightly even.

Long-Term Results: Inflammation around spots subsided, decreased the size and lowered the risk of long-lasting hyperpigmentation.

Final Thoughts: Stunned. I wasn’t expecting this to work as well as it did around my acne. I wouldn’t consider this an acid toner however; The pH is 5.5 and the percentage of acids are too low to show significant exfoliating results. Overall this is perfect as a pH balanced toner with good skin ingredients that any one using would find beneficial. It could prevent future breakouts to an extent, but there’s a lot of factors that contribute to a breakout 🙂


AHA/BHA/PHA 30 Days Miracle Cleansing Bar

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Note: The ingredients I’m about to list below is based on me using Google Translate’s app and highlighting the text area. This is NOT the official list and I can’t 100% guarantee the translation was correct.

Ingredient Highlights
Chlorella Powder: Antioxdiant, Emollient
Tea Tree Extract: Skin-Conditioning
Licorice Extract: Skin-soothing
Moisturizing: Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil

While using the GT app I didn’t seen any acids in the list…

Usage:
Used occasionally morning and night
Swapped it as either sole morning / post-workout cleanser, or second cleanse in my nighttime routine.

Scent: I don’t know how to explain this other than it smells like a natural soap. It’s not strong at all.

Texture: Not as stiff as a generic soap bar (let’s say Dove). Once lathered, the foam feels very soft on the skin.

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When I lathered more than necessary the first time lol

Application: Used with the foaming net and lathered it lightly between my hands. It produces a lot foaming lather really quickly, definitely better than using it without. Would wash my face with it for around a minute, including eye area.

Final Thoughts: My skin didn’t feel irritated at all while using this soap. I’m not a fan of using cleansing bars but this is definitely not a conventional one. I like the extra bit of moisture it provides and it’s overall very simple and gentle. This could wash off sunscreen, but I rely more on my cleansers with surfactants to do a better job with makeup removal.


H7 Hydromax Cream

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Ingredient Highlights

Note: The ingredients I’m about to list below is based on me using Google Translate’s app and highlighting the text area. This is NOT the official list and I can’t 100% guarantee the translation was correct.

Ulleung Sea Water – 71%
Glycerin
Niacinamide
Various oils: Avocado, Jojoba Seed, Palm Oil,
Various plant extracts: Green Tea, Yam Root, Okra Fruit, Kelp, Lotus Root, Licorice, Chamomile Flower
7 types of Hyaluronic Acid: Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolized Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid (I can’t find the other 2)

Usage:
Used occasionally morning and night
Swapped with Hada Labo Perfect Gel as humectant moisturizer.

Texture: Light cream.

Scent: A noticeable smell of lemon as you apply it. Lemon Peel Oil translated at very end of IL. It does not last.

Application: Used nickel-sized amount and dotted it all over my face and neck. Spreads nicely and doesn’t irritate my eye area.

Finish: Slight tacky finish that leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. Lighter than my Hada Labo Perfect Gel.

Final Thoughts: It’s a nice moisturizer more suitable for normal to oily skin types if you want to use it on its own. It performed nicely as a humectant moisturizer before going in with my occlusive one, but I love the Hada Labo Perfect Gel more.


Final Feels

Usually when it comes to hyped up products, I am super critical. However I have to say Some By Mi products took me by surprise and their AHA/BHA/PHA 30 Day Miracle Toner gave me great results. I’d say the couple of issues with them are 1) Google Translate struggle was real and I hope Some By Mi eventually adds an English description and ingredients list to each of their products 2) Up the acids in their claimed acid products (but I guess that would rid it of its gentleness).

I think anyone can try this line, for all the products are really easy to incorporate in your existing routine and only provides skin benefits. But if I were to really pinpoint who these were meant for based on just these 3 products, definitely for the teens starting out in skincare that need a simple routine with gentle but effective products.

Speaking of trying…

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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One winner will receive full size products of all the ones I just reviewed!
You’ll be receiving full-sized products of:
AHA/BHA/PHA 30 Day Miracle Toner
AHA/BHA/PHA 30 Day Miracle Cleansing Bar
H7 Hydromax Cream
There are many ways to enter and increase your chance of winning! Just be sure to provide the necessary information in the link down below.

SOME BY MI GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]

UPDATE 09/03/18: Giveaway is closed. Thanks for participating!

Terms of the Giveaway:
August 25th – September 2nd
International
Must be 18 years or older
No giveaway accounts
Winner will have 24 hours to reply
MICHXMASH and SOME BY MI are not responsible for customs fees or lost items.

Thank you Some By Mi for the opportunity to try your products, and giving the opportunity for someone else to as well!

Good luck everyone!

xo, M


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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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