Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner Review

Because this winter has been so dry, I wanted to stop using Biologique Recherche P50W during the day and replace it with something more hydrating. And also because I was a little tired of waiting for 15 minutes between P50W and my Curology serum.

I decided to try the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner because I really like their Nutrition Cream.  And, if you google it, you will find that the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner has a lot of good reviews from bloggers and YouTubers.

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Mia’s review: I have mixed feelings. I think this is a good essence toner but it just isn’t for me. I like the ingredients and I like the texture. I also didn’t find this to be drying at all and my face felt soft immediately after using it. I put it on a cotton pad and used it as a toner rather than putting some in my palm and patting it on like an essence.

The Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner includes a silicone ingredient that is water dispersible which I think is better than ordinary silicones…but I’m not sure. A few years ago, I didn’t use any products with silicones at all (except shampoos/conditioners). Now, I use some moisturizers and creams with them but try to keep my serums silicone-free. I don’t think this toner caused any problems with my skin. I didn’t have any breakouts or redness. And even though I think my silicone aversion is unfounded, I just couldn’t continue to use it.

If this would’ve done something amazing like make my skin glow, I would’ve kept using it, but I didn’t notice that. I think this is a great choice for someone looking for a lightly hydrating toner/essence to help with the pH of their skin after cleansing.

pH Level: 5.5

Ingredients*: Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Arginine

*THE INGREDIENTS LIST MAY OR MAY NOT BE ACCURATE DEPENDING ON THE SOURCE OF THE LIST AND MANUFACTURER UPDATES/CHANGES.

make p:rem Relief Moisture Cleansing Foam Review

Because I’m a fan of their in-shower mask (click here for my review), I knew I would love  the Make P:rem Relief Moisture Cleansing Foam. I’m still on my first bottle but have already purchased a second one so that I can be certain I won’t run out. [Update Jan 2019: The packaging has changed to a softer looking plastic tube since I wrote this review. I’m still using older bottles so haven’t had a chance to try it yet.]

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Mia’s review: I have combination skin with cheeks/chin that can be quite dehydrated. So I’m always looking for a cleanser that is creamy looking rather than clear. I don’t know why but I assume Continue reading

Kerastase Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste Conditioner Review

In the past, I’ve used Kerastase hair masks as conditioners so I thought I should try one of their actual conditioners. I am a big fan of their hair mask for color-treated hair (although mine isn’t) but they recently reformulated it and I wasn’t sure I’d like the new formula. I chatted with a Kerastase representative and asked which conditioner would make my hair feel soft and they recommended Fondant Fluidealiste from their Discipline line.

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Mia’s review:  The Fondant Fluidealiste conditioner is my least favorite Kerastase product ever. Continue reading

Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner Review

Whamisa’s deep rich toner is somewhere between a toner and an essence, I think. It seems to have a lot of positive reviews and people just love it. The instructions say to pat it on with your hands instead of using a cotton ball. This sorta implies you could use a cotton ball and use it like a toner if you wanted to. The texture, however, is a thick liquid so it is easy to apply using just your hands. A big selling point for me on this product is that it has fermented ingredients.

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Davines Well-Being Shampoo Review

I am writing a few posts on shampoo because it affects the scalp, which is skin. And also because while researching the pH of facial products, I learned that pH is also important for shampoo/conditioner. A high pH shampoo may lead to cuticle damage and frizzy hair. When I was researching pH strips, I found a lot of comments made by women who were using them to test their hair products because they wanted to reduce frizz.

I’m a big fan of Davines products in general. I really like the Well-Being Shampoo from their naturaltech line and love the artwork on the bottle.  I recently switched to silicone-free hair products and was happy to find that they offer a lot of shampoos and conditioners that are silicone-free.

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