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Hello! My name is Rafael. I am one of the few male AB reviewers on Instagram. :) 

About Me

General Information

  • Ethnicity: Hispanic/Latino/Carribean
  • Skin Tone: Medium
  • Skin Type: Combination
  • Hair Thickness: Medium
  • Hair Type: Wavy
  • Hair Color: Brown

Personal Information:

  • Beauty Interest: Beauty blogger
  • Age Range: 18-24
  • Location: Brazil
  • Ingredient Preference: Anti-oxidants, Fragrance Free, Hyaluronic Acid, Natural, Oil-Free, Paraben-Free, Peptides, Sulfate Free, Organic, Retinoid, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C, Mineral, Vegan, Tree Oil, Glycerin, Aloe, Gluten-Free
  • Are you a mommy to be?: No

This is mostly an ampoule that helps you with damaged skin, acne, and/or dark spots. It also to strengthens the skin’s barrier, skin’s resilience and add vitality to your skin. This ampoule is a 5-week program. Each bottle contains 7mL and you should use 1mL per day.  Although in my opinion 1mL is too much. One sample (1mL) lasted me three to four uses, so in my opinion you can make these 5 weeks last 10 or more weeks.

It’s got a brownish color and smells very good! Like a mix of herbs. It makes me feel relaxed! This is the amount of product I put on my face. It’s enough to cover it all. The consistency of the product is very thick and a bit runny but yet it is deeply absorbed into the skin leaving it with a soft touch and super moisturized.

 

But does it really do what it claims?

Yes! At least to my skin, it did and still does wonders! In short term, what you can expect is:

  1. Immediately provides long-lasting hydration;
  2. Keeps your skin very soft;
  3. Quickly restore aggravated skin;
  4. Heals acne.

And in long-term usage, you can expect:

  1. Brightening effects;
  2. Reduced UV damage;
  3. Strengthens skin’s resistance against external aggressors;
  4. A more equilibrated and controlled skin;
  5. Prevents breakout.

Do I recommend it?

If you are looking for a powerful acne treatment or a product that can treat dark spots, dulness, aging skin, dehydrated skin, skin damaged by UV rays, weakened skin barrier and/or disturbed skin functions, then yes, I recommend!

Rate: 5/5 and also I give it the Holy Grail status! This stuff is a miracle that came from Heaven.

This is a really multitask product. Sometimes I wonder why it is not called Herblinic Restorative All in One Ampoules…

This peeling cream is very different from others peeling creams/gels I’ve seen. This one contains not only cellulose but also contains a BHA, high concentration of PHA, 48% of Iceland moss, ultra low molecular Oligo HA (hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid),  witch-hazel extract, lemon grass extract and so on…

The product comes in a 150mL green and resistant plastic bottle. It is very easy to dispense the product on your fingers because the design of it makes the product always stay on the bottom, touching the cap. You barely need to squeeze the bottle to get the product once you open the cap. The bottle is very simple and beautiful! ♥

The texture is very creamy but still kinda runny. It is very easy and pleasant to massage when in contact with the face. I agree with TYF when they say it smells woody, herbal, and floral. The scent is amazing! I find it a very natural scent, even though you can feel a bit of the alcohol. It’s fresh and relaxing.

 

It’s funny because I always thought that a peeling cream/gel could never be as effective as a peeling done with grains because most of them are almost only cellulose with a low concentration of acids. So I always wondered why would I buy something that’s is mainly grains of cellulose when I can save money using my homemade recipe? I used to exfoliate my face with a mix of cleansing oil with corn powder and that was more than enough to remove every dirt on my face. That is one of the reasons that made me not want to add a peeling cream/gel.

Then everything changed when I got the chance to use this peeling cream, my first ever. I was surprised how effective it is! The quantity of cellulose is perfect. It creates enough grains to exfoliate every corner of the face. Plus, it has a high concentration of PHA (8%), a super good exfoliating acid with others proprieties welcome even to sensitive skins, as explained by me before, and 0.5% of salicylic acid to help with the exfoliation and others super good ingredients like glycerin, Oligo HA to hydrate the skin and some plant extracts. It is indeed a very unique product, very different from most of the peeling creams/gels you will find out there (which is composed mostly of cellulose with low concentrations or nothing of acids).

I am so glad I could try this product. I didn’t have high expectations about this kind of peeling products because of their weak composition made mainly of cellulose. But as I said before, this one is different, it uses acids concentrated enough to exfoliate plus it has 48% of Iceland moss extract, an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, moisturizing and soothing ingredient.

If you are looking for a gentle but very effective peeling cream, I highly recommend you this one!

Rate: 4.5/5

Farm Stay Visible Difference Mask Sheet Red Ginseng: "Red ginseng extract keeps your skin moisturized and clear, so it revitalizes the facial skin. When mask sheet is covered smoothly on the skin surface, absorbed essence will clear your skin.😄
This is a very simple sheet mask composed by water, butylene glycol, glycerin and alcohol (to enhance the absorption). It contains also sodium hyaluronate, betaine, arginine, allantoin and ginseng (0.05%).😆
I left the mask for over one hour as usual (with my silicon mask over) and after removing, my skin was clear and moisturized.
It smells synthetic ginseng and I didn't like it. 😝
Forehead area is a big small but if you cut it, it fits better.✂
The essence was very watery and clear and there was a lot in the package. It was a good mask despite its scent.
I wouldn't purchase it because it smells awful.
Rate: 3.5/5
I still have got one with green tea from the same brand so I hope it smells good.😊

"Timetreasure Renovating Eye Cream EX is a premium anti-aging eye cream that refines the delicate eye area with the vitality of red pine. A total care solution for the delicate skin around the eyes. DAA is an anti-aging and skin-strengthening ingredient found in red pine. It promotes elasticity while Korean Red Ginseng and White Ginseng Saponin brighten your skin tone and help improve wrinkles."
Ok, let's be serious here. This eye cream is fkin amazing! The ingredient list impresses me!😍
Here are some ingredients: The first ingredient in the list is Pinus Sylvestris Bark Extract (red pine extract), the main active. We have also got meadowfoam seed oil, licorice extract (I love it), Ophiopogon japonicus extract (rich in saccharides known to hydrate the skin, protects the skin from dryness by boosting the skin’s moisture-retaining ability and brings a more refined texture), Nelumbo nucifera extract (skin protecting, antioxidant), honey, ginseng, hydrolized rice protein, cocoa extract, allantoin, 2 types of vitamin C derivative, vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, beta-glucan, hyaluronic acid, Tricholoma matsutake extract (inhibits elastase activity and TPA-induced MMP-1 expression in human fibroblasts. Search about it!) and so many others plant extracts.💓
The texture is thick and leaves no shine or greasy finish on the skin. I also can see some blur effect, but it might be just me because the brand doesn't promise this effect (but who knows?).😅
It smells like herbs (Sulwhasoo kind of smell) which I love! It makes me feel relaxed.😆
It really brightens my eye area. I don't have dark circles but since when I first started using this eye cream, few weeks after I could experience the brightening along with the anti wrinkles effects. I do have one fine line under my eyes and I could see that this eye cream helped a lot soothing their appearance.😉
Also it plumps the area making it looks young.😆
I don't have much to say. The only thing I have left to say is: this eye cream is the best thing I've ever used and I am proud to give it a Holy Grail status!🏆
Rate: 👍👍👍👍👍/5
P.S.: I used 30 samples of this eye cream (30mL total, which is 20% bigger than the full-size amount).

Pikachu Moisture Mask Sheet contains honey that provides full vitality to skin as it deeply penetrates into skin.
This mask is very meeeeeeh.😝
The only good active in the formula is honey. It's a very poor sheet mask with only 20mL of Essence and with a lot of filler ingredients.😕
It smells like Garnier Nutrisse hair leave in and I hate this kind of scent, I find it horrible.😢
The fit was ok even though I found the forehead area a bit small.
The sheet material is thick and cheap and the hydration is weak.
This is the first sheet mask I've used with silicon.😖
Anyway, this mask isn't meant to be sold, at the back of it you can see "Not for sale".
Well, I wouldn't buy it myself!😅
Rate:1.5/5

"Bombee Honey Sheet Mask is designed with all natural ingredients 
that are full of nutrients to replenish, rejuvenate, and hydrate your skin  protect & prevent from irritants.
Made with PAPA RECIPE’s Gold Complex formula of organic extracts, the Bombee honey mask is made only with  organic ingredients directly from nature, without the use of artificial preservatives, making it safe to use for everyone."
We can find honey, propolis, hyaluronic acid, licorice extract, ginger extract and many others.💕
The mask has a very good light sweet scent that reminds me honey with cocoa butter.😍
The fit is very good but I had to cut the under nose area. As you can see I shaved my jaw area so I now the mask can stick on it.😄
The sheet is very thin and comes with an additional plastic sheet so we can easily unfold it (I have problems unfolding thin sheet masks).😅
The essence is clear and very light, so I recommend even to those with oily skin.💧
The deeply hydrates my skin and now I can see why everybody is crazy for this mask. It's amazing!😍
I highly recommend it! 👍
Rate: 4.5/5

All Day Fine Pore Clay Mask, a pore intensive care green pack for smooth skin which contains 5g of French green clay.

As said, this is a mask made to treat pores, make the skin’s surface smooth and to help those people which skin overproduces oil.

Tightens pores, cleanses deep, balances sebum, removes waste from pores.

The texture is very good (soft foamy) and you can easily spread it over your face.😉

It's also very easy to wash off. How to use: Gently apply an appropriate amount on the entire face except skin around the eyes and mouth. After 10-15 minutes when the pack has dried, wash off with lukewarm water.💧

Scinic tells you to wash off the mask when it’s dried, but I discourage you to do that. Have you used a clay mask that when you washed it off when it was completely dry it left your skin dry?😢

It happens to me all the time… if I let it dry before washing off, it seems like it takes all the water from the surface of my skin away.

But I figured out something that for me at least is very useful!👍 When I have this mask on, I keep spraying a homemade face mist made of water plus glycerin on my face when I feel that the mask is starting to get dry. And guess what? When I rinse the mask, my skin isn’t dry at all! If you are under the same situation, try spraying on your face even if it’s only water!

This mask gives you a cooling sensation which I find it very good! ❄

About the ingredients: Contains french green clay, kaolin, bentonite, hyaluronic acid, jeju spring water, aloe vera, sacred lotus extract, fig extract, glycerin etc..😍

Overall, this is a very good mask and I highly recommend it if you are looking for an extra pore treatment, sebum balancing or if you just like the green color. hahahaha 😅

Rate: 4.3/5 👏

P.S.: I can't figure out the scent of it. Maybe clay mixed with lemongrass?

P.P.S.: I can see some brightening results after washing off due to TiO2.

This is Ye Hyeon Jin Bon Toner from Missha.
First of all, I want to say that I bought this toner because it was very beautiful and cheap.🙈
I didn't expect it to get a Holy Gral status.😍
Ok, now let me tell you something: I didn't find anywhere about this line! I've found a review about the Eye Cream and that's it. So I'm pretty sure this is the first review about the Toner.😱
I think it's the reformulation of Misa Ye Hyun line which was orange and not pink. This is the only description I've ever found: "Toner of Moist gel type. Black pine healthy skin and makes it beautiful." 😒

Anyway, it has a gel-type watery texture with delicate rose scent (grandma scent as I say), absorbs really deep into skin and leaves it very hydrated but not sticky.💦
The ingredient list is still a mystery for me but I managed to translate it and you can check it in the comments (it's not a good translation, though).😢
I can see there are many hanbang ingredients. We can find betaine, ginseng, mushroom, black pine, GOLD and so many more stuffs in it.😎
Now, let me do a comparison of Ye Hyeon and Balancing Water from Sulwhasoo. I'm using Sulwhasoo Balancing Water since August 24 and Ye Hyeon Toner since September 19.😆
They are very similar! There are only two differences I can see:
1st - While Ye Hyeon smells like roses, Balancing Water smells like spices, herbs.🌱
2nd - While Ye Hyeon's price is around 13 dollars (140mL), Balancing Water's price is around 55 dollars (125mL). 😶
I find them exactly the same stuff (same texture) but with different scent and price tag.🌹
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Final thoughts: I highly recommend you Ye Hyeon Toner if you're looking for a moisturizing toner. It has a beautiful packaging and smells so good!
I give it: 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹/5
P.S: there's alcohol.

This is a moisturizing sheet mask that contains arginine, galactomyces ferment, honey, propolis, hyaluronic acid etc..😄
The Essence has a slimy texture due to Carbomer, a polymer made from acrylic acid that is frequently used to create gel-like texture cosmetics.
Checking the composition I could see the mask is more concentrated in Carbomer than actives as Carbomer comes in third place in the ingredient list (check comments for full ingredient list) and that sux.👎
Looks like the Essence is made only of water and methylpropanediol.😢
But let's talk about the fit:
The fit is fine, it's not the best fit I've ever seen but it was quite good. As you can see, it doesn't stick to my jaw and chin area because I've got facial hair there. But that's not a problem since I've got a silicone to hold the sheet mask (as you can see in the other two pictures).👍
The moisturizing effect was good but not as strong as it says behind: #strongmoisturizing.

I'll be finishing with my final considerations: This mask has a very cute packaging. A bear holding a flower sitting down a tree, some bees going to a bee hive above the bear, mountains, sunset (or sunrise?), a pink balloon in the sky...💓
But as we Brazilians say: "Quem vê cara não vê coração." Something similar to "don't judge a book by its cover.💬
Yes, I expected this mask to be better.😢

I've received two of this mask and three nose mask (review soon!) from @pack_agekorea in exchange of a honest review. Thanks, PackAge.💞
Rate: 2/5

P.S: Am I the only person with difficulties unfolding a sheet mask? Since this mask has a slimy texture, it was a bit hard to unfold than the watery ones.🙈

Guérisson 9 Complex Cream is a moisturizing cream that promises to rejuvenate, smooth and soften skin while lightening hyper pigmentation and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Its main ingredient is horse oil imported from Germany. Horse oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (anti-inflammatory) and linoleic acid (barrier strengthen and regenerate the moisture barrier). The formulation has also glycerin, shea butter, niacinamide, snail mucin, vitamin E, betaine, many peptides, lecithin, astaxanthin, adenosine, ceramide 3 et cetera.

Guérisson smells like citrusy soap (yes, I didn't enjoy the scent at the beginning but it's not something horrible) and the consistency of this cream is very buttery. When you apply it on your skin, the temperature of your face melts the cream which is completely absorbed leaving it very soft, moist and dewy. It works amazingly good as an eye cream! Bye bye dry and dark eyes.

It works very well on my skin (combination/dehydrated) and I am in love! ❤️ It helps me with to get rid of hyper pigmentation from pimples that I get sometimes, and it is a very good antioxidant and moisturizing cream. I don't have wrinkles so I can't say anything about it but I believe it does help with wrinkles. It is a very good and cheap cream and I HIGHLY recommend it for every skin type (even very oily). You can use it in the morning (normal to dry skin) or/and in the night (if you find it heavy).

Rate: 🐴🐴🐴🐴🐴/5

P.S: there's a new Guérisson line version with 35% Ginseng (OMG)!

It is already on my list! 😍

I enjoyed using this mask which was sent to me by Amabie in exchange for an honest review. After using the mask, my skin is very purified and more clear. I recommend it. I will give 4 stars because it has sulfate, it could be better without the sulfate. ;)

This mask contains not only white clay and charcoal powder but some cleansing agents such as Cocoamide Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and others... in the end it makes this mask a bit strong. It could have been better without the cleansing agents, because white clay and charcoal is more than enough to perfectly cleanse your face.
I recommend using a cleansing oil before this mask. You wash off the oil and apply this mask. Better skip the foam than ending up with an overclansed face, right? 😂

The mask does what it says! It is very funny.😂
Bubbles start to appear in 5 seconds.
Skin is clearer and cleaner afterwards. When my face is dirty or has a lot of dead cells, I always enjoy using it. It doesn't dry out my skin but I would prefer not having cleansing agents in it.

I recommend it, but stay aware -this mask might be too strong for some people.

Not sure if I would purchase... Ingredients aren't the best one. But for its low price I guess it is fair enough.

I WISH I COULD HAVE MORE!!! That's so far the best sheet mask I've ever used. It's very good because all the masks I've tried before didn't stay on my face (because I have beard and it's hard for a sheet mask to stay). But this mask has 2 pairs of hole that can be lifted to the ears, so it doesn't fall!!!

👍I like the idea of this mask. It has 2 pairs of holes that need to be fixed to the ears. One pair just next to the ears and the other pair is next to the neck. You have to wrap the front of your neck with the mask and lift it to the ears, as you can see in the picture;
👍I have facial hair (beard) and regular sheet mask never fix on my skin, the edges (chin and jaw area) can never be fixed because of the hair. You women are lucky. 😂
👍The fit is good but the mask is a bit small and tight (it bends my nose);
👍It has a slightly floral scent;
👍It took 65min to dry;
👍A lot of essence left;
😕Not the best hydration, for me at least (my skin is very thirsty lately). It's better for oily skin because it's very light.
😆I enjoyed it and I recommend it!

Smells good and does a great job!

A very good mask. Unfortunately I've received a 35mL sample... I really enjoyed it! Makes the skin slightly more hydrated and helps to heal pimples. 

I recommend it. :)

It's a good face scrub for sensitive skin. Very gentle and cheap. :)

It's an amazing treatment for acne and blemishes. It has a gel-cream consistency and absorbs 100%. It hydrates the skin and helps to control the oil. It has whitening proprieties because it has two kinds of BHA plus niacinamide. I highly recommend it for combination to oily skin.

Effaclar Mat was one of my first moisturizers*. It has a gel-cream consistency and dries very fast on skin. It reduces your pores up to 76%, if I am not mistaken (it is like a primer). It does not hydrate your skin if you have dehydrated oily skin. But if your skin is hydrated but very oily, you must go for it! 

*really, it doesn't hydrate the skin, it is only useful to keep oil away and blur your pores.

I didn't like this cleanser at all. It has a creamy texture and you can make foam with it. I found it very boring. It didn't clean my face very well, and I didn't like the sensation afterwards. It might be good for dry skin.

A must have for oily skin! It is very thin and it has a wonderful finish. I don't have fair tone skin but this one doesn't bother me with whitecast. It has green tea extract, which helps your skin not to oxidate and get that dark ugly looking. The best thing is now Innisfree has a 3 times bigger version. Highly recommend! 

A good face cleanser. It was such a good experience using this one. It was C02, that makes me feel like my face is being massaged. 

I recommend it for oily and combination skin. :)

Ok... This was my first Asian cosmetic... It was such a disappointing one! I was very unlucky because I just bought the new version (10 in 1) instead the previous one (7 in 1) which I read reviews about. The new version (10 in 1) has too many alcohol, it makes my skin clean but afterward, the oil come even more strong. Making it look very shiny and dehydrated... Please, don not use this toner. You will spend your money just to get your skin worse... 

AMAZING! It is more a gel than a cream. It is very hydrating. The scent is something I can't recognize what... It is a bit weird. lol It is not too good to apply a lot, a bit is just enough, otherwise your skin will not absorb everything. No residue after application. I am already thinking about a repurchase, maybe. I am really enjoying it.

Very good snail essence. One pump is enough to cover entire face. It is very hydrating, it makes my skin very soft. I think it will last me a long time, cause I tend to use it more than 3 times a day. It is not sticky, my skin absorbs it very well! I think I found my snail HG product!

AMAZING SERUM! It was my first vitamin C serum. I really enjoyed it! Really helped me with some dark spots and did a great job exfoliating my skin. One bottle, using every night, lasted me ONE YEAR! I highly recommend it!

Very good essence! A little goes a long way, two or three drops are enough to cover entire face. It is very light, suitable to every skin type. It is colorless and it has no scent. Very soothing! 

It is not very moisturizing for me, my skin is weird lately, seems to be very thirsty... Dry skin will need something else.

It was my first sleeping pack and I really loved it! The suction pump is really nice, never saw something like this before, I was able to use every single drop of the product thanks to the pump design.
The product has a silicone texture (Dimethicone as third ingredient) and a lovely feeling on the skin. ❤ One nice thing I've noticed was: when my skin pH was low (I used to use a 3.5 pH product before), I could use 4 layers of this because it melts when it touches an acidic pH skin! However, when I didn't apply the cosmetic with low pH before, I couldn't apply four layers. Only one was possible (it wasn't absorbed without an acidic pH skin).
In the morning, my face was brighter and slightly more moisturized. I didn't see any wrinkles reduction because I don't have wrinkles (yet).
It didn't break me out and I didn't find it heavy for my combination skin. But some friends who tried samples told me they found it heavy.
It lasted me one year even using 4 layers some nights.
👍🏽 I recommend it! Apart from the anti-wrinkles function (repeating: I didn't notice wrinkle reduction because I don't have. It doesn't mean it does not reduce wrinkles), it does what it says.
❌ Be aware, if you have oily skin, that clogs easily, this one may not be a good choice.

The toner comes in a bottle with 200mL, and it will last a LONG time! It is very watery, really, like water (I love watery consistence). It is very concentrated (89% of green tea extract). It does help to control excess sebum, but it is not very strong in that. It works SO MUCH BETTER as a moisturizer toner. The sebum control effect might last 2 hours, nothing extraordinary.
The only thing I complain: the scent! It is a bit strong. Medium to strong I can say. But it doesn’t irritate my nose or anything else. But I’d prefer something with a light scent. Apart from that, I am really enjoying its proprieties. Even if the oil control doesn’t last too much, it is a very good moisturizer for oily skins! There is another version made for normal to dry skin, if I am not mistaken…
Well, that is it! It is a really amazing product to hydrate oily to combination skin. I recommend it! 😀

I think everybody knows this popular cream! haha

 

I already repurchased it! :P It smells so good, leaves my skin very moisturized. Very concentrated in ginseng and many other ingredients.

It feels a bit heavy, so in the day I use it only around my eyes and in the night, all over my face.

 

A very good anti-aging cream! :D

This serum is really good. I had an accident with a face mask, which gave me 3 pimples and one of them left a dark spot. This serum helped me a lot fadding this spot.

It is very light, smells awesome, absorbs really fast. It has a lot of korean herbs, that rejuvenates skin exhausted from heat. It also supplies energy and moisture to skin, without stickiness. It helps, also, to enhance circulation and resilience.

 

I would repurchase it! :D 

Red pine’s powerful anti-aging effect
DAA is an anti-aging and skin-strengthening ingredient found in very small quantities in red pine. It energizes your skin and continuously defends it against signs of aging.

Instantly absorbs and penetrates into the skin to hydrate
The fine particles of the toner allow instant absorption into the skin upon application and leave it hydrated and smooth.

 

Well, this anti-aging toner is AWESOME! I will never stop using it. It worths every penny! It is very concentrated, I don't like to call it a toner, I would preffer the word 'ampoule', but Sulwhasoo says it is a toner, so...

It is an almost white liquid, penetrates really, really deep into skin! It takes maybe 5 minutes to be completely penetrated. It leaves a humidity sensation and super moisturized. I have combination skin and it doesn't bother me. After 5 minutes, my skin gets a wonderful glow! <3

I am in love. And the scent of it? AMAZING!!!

I recomend it!!! Thanks, Sulwhasoo, for this awesome toner.

 

 

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