Life Lately + Glowing skin : Skincare haul

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March was crazy and I didn’t get the chance to update very often. As you may know I recently moved to Paris with my boyfriend and in the midst of chaos I couldn’t find much time to post new articles. It took me a long time to finally settle down and arrange our new place, which wasn’t easy because my kind boyfriend left me the gracious & easy task to buy all the furniture and decorate our place by myself, I quote “who cares about home decor?”. Have you ever tried explaining to someone who doesn’t speak your language you’re looking for a marble top coffee table with chrome legs? Well I have, and it wasn’t easy. At all.

 

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Since I discovered Mad Hippie Skincare earlier this year I’ve been dying to find out more & talk about this amazing cruelty-free vegan brand. Both serums have been excellent additions to my skincare routine this year and have really helped me to brighten and even out my skintone & skin-texture. The Vitamin C serum contains a blend of nice antioxidants ingredients* to help brighten and tighten skin, minimize appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, blackheads, dark spots, uneven skintone & skin-texture. With Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E you know you’re giving your skin a treat and the incredible results this serum provides are totally worth it. Kbeauty-fans may be tempted to compare it with the famous OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum, yet needless to say the Mad Hippie is incredibly more effective than the OST. While I do not hate the OST, I don’t find it particularly effective nor worth the hype. It took me a few months of regular uses with the OST to see very little results in terms of fine lines reduction and brightening results while the Mad Hippie Vitamin C provided me impressive results for both in less than a month. I also find the Mad Hippie more gentle than the OST as it does not tingle my skin during and after application.

*Vitamin E (antioxidant, photo-protective effect when used with Vitamin C)
Ferulic Acid (antioxidant)
Hyaluronic Acid (plump-up the skin and reduces appearance of wrinkles)
Konjac Root Powder (soften and smooth the skin, forms a thin protective barrier)
Grapefruit (antioxidant, natural exfoliant, removes dead skin cells)
Chamomile Extract (soothes and calms the skin, forms a thin protective shield)
Clary Sage (balances production of sebum, helps eliminate overly-dry or overly-oily skin, antibacterial and astringent properties)

The Exfoliating Serum have reached cult status within my bathroom and it’s not hard to understand why. After I ran out of my beloved Paula Choice 5% AHA Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, I decided to replace it with a serum with a higher percentage of Glycolic Acid. While the PC worked very well for me I find 5% AHA to be a bit too low for my skin, and the thick consistency was something I did not particularly enjoy. The Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum has been a wonderful alternative and its liquid-type texture feels much lighter on my skin. With 7% of Glycolic Acid and 3% of Lactic Acid, this serum is perfect for smoothing uneven skin texture and reducing deep blackheads. Coupled with a good BHA serum, like the Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid or the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power, you can pretty much say goodbye to large pores and deep blackheads. This wonderful serum also contains brightening and anti-aging ingredients such as Vitamin C, Goji Berry, White Tea, Apple Stem Cells and a blend of 6 alpine plants for brightening care.

*Glycolic Acid (AHA, reduces appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, discoloration)
Lactic Acid (AHA, reduces wrinkles and dark spots. Hydrating and moisturizing)
Apple Steam Cells (Anti-aging)
Gigawhite (Brightening)
Matrixyl Synthe β€˜6 (Smooth the skin, reduces wrinkles and signs of aging)
White Tea and Goji Berry (Antioxidant, anti-aging)
Vitamin C (Brighten and smooth the skin, anti-aging)
Ceramide (Moisturizing)

 

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For an extra dose of moisture, I added the Green Keratin Supercharged Rosehip Oil to my skincare routine. With 100% natural and organic ingredients (Rosehip seed oil, seed extract, fruit oil, vitamin E) this facial oil provides excellent anti-aging, moisturizing, hydrating, brightening results to my skin. Very lightweight, it doesn’t take long for my skin to fully absorb it and it doesn’t clog pores at all. I like to use it as an intensive night treatment once a week by applying my moisturizer first then add a few drops of oil on top to lock in moisture and maximize effects of both. (UK website)

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Hera White Program Radiance Emulsion was THE skincare product I absolutely wanted to buy this year and I finally got my hands on it last month. I already tried a couple of samples of it in the past, thus I already knew what to expect. While it is not the most powerful skin-brightening product of the whole line (at this game the Biogenic Effector wins hands down) it still provides amazing moisturizing and brightening results to the skin. With a lighter gel-like consistency than the Aquabolic Emulsion of the same brand, the White Program Emulsion is perfect for all skintypes. I already got excellent results with the rest of the line, but I noticed even better results when I use it under my Hera White Program Radiance Cream.

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For my night moisturizer I’ve returned to an old favorite, the Laneige White Plus Renew Cream. While I find the White Plus Renew line less effective than the White Program line by Hera, I still find a few products of this line very acceptable. The price is also an important factor to take in since Laneige is cheaper than Hera. I also got my hands on the White Plus Renew Capsules Sleeping Mask, and while they are not truly incredible in terms of skin-lightening they still provide great moisture to the skin. The white ball is a rich skin-brightening ampoule and the transparent gel is a moisturizing serum. I find them much better than the Laneige Water Bank Sleeping Mask.

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While I’m at sleeping masks, I finally purchased the Mamonde Jasmin Honey Sleeping Mask and re-purchased my beloved Rose Honey version. Gosh I am totally addicted to them. With a blend of sexy anti-aging, moisturizing and brightening ingredients these sleeping masks sink beautifully into the skin and allow you to wake up with a radiant, plump skin. While the Rose version has an oil-like consistency (with rosehip oil beads) and is for anti-aging & moisture care, the Jasmin version has a soft pudding-like consistency and is for brightening care. While I’m far from being a fan of scented facial skincare products I must say these two smell incredibly good and are a real pleasure to use.

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Kypris Antioxidant Dew is also an excellent addition to my skincare routine and totally worth the splurge as this lightweight moisturizing serum does everything I wanted it to. It replenishes moisture, soothes and calms irritated skin, brighten dull skin, minimizes redness, makes the skin more supple and finally targets free radicals. My skin is literally addicted and drinks this serum up. My order came with a couple of samples and all of them were jaw-dropping, not only because of their beautiful packaging but also because they are incredible. I will review this brand in details on a next post, because it really deserves to be known.

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This year I decided to stop neglecting my body’s skin and to finally buy new moisturizers. As I find body scrubs totally ineffective on me and my ingrow hair, I decided to switch to a chemical exfoliator instead. The Paula Choice 10% AHA Body Lotion is an excellent alternative to the not-so-powerful Skin Doctors Ingrow Go for ingrow hair, especially since it also helps fade razor scars. Since I don’t like to toss away products I don’t really love, I recycled the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid into a legs & armpits serum. Don’t get me wrong, I find the Cosrx BHA perfectly fine but I simply very much prefer the Paula Choice 2% BHA Liquid for my face. The Cosrx BHA helps to reduce ingrow hair and bacteria, thus I use it as a deodorant on my armpits and as an anti-ingrow-hair serum on my legs. Lastly, I added the Green Keratin Jasmin Body Oil to moisture my skin. With the most relaxing and sexy scent of jasmin, the skin feels moisturized and wonderfully smooth & silky. Unlike a lot of body oils this one is very lightweight and I am able to dress up within a few minutes. I especially love how beautiful and shiny it makes the skin. Bravo Green Keratin!

38 comments on Life Lately + Glowing skin : Skincare haul

  • Acl

    Hi Hyemi,

    Thank you so much In that case can I add in biogenic effector in my routine, or just Mad Hippie vitamin c is enough? What do you think about UNT product? Is it good if I have 2 different kind of cleanser and moisturizer for day and night? Is there any recommendation.. Thank you once again. ^^

  • Acl

    Hi hyemi,

    Thank you so much for the reply. I will definitely add in mad hippie vitamin c in my skin care routine. I saw your other post that mad hippie exfoliating serum is good as well, how do I include this product in my routine? Will both the products helps with my dull skin as well? As I have already bought the cosrx bha and aha liquid, is it ok too? For a night and day cream or serum, do you have any suggestions? As I’m a newbie to Korean products, can you suggest a day and night skincare routine for me? So sorry for the lengthy post. Would appreciate your advice on this. (:

    • Hye Mi (author)

      Hello!

      If you’re already using the Cosrx AHA Liquid you don’t need the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum, although I find the Mad Hippie much more effective.
      The exfoliating serum and the aha 7 whitehead liquid won’t truly lighten your skin as the Biogenic Effector would, but they will even out your skin’s texture and even out your complexion by minimizing dark spots, acne scars and by removing dead skin cells, revelating a younger and brighter skin.

      Morning : Cleanser > Toner > Vitamin C > wait 5 minutes until your skin absorbs > BHA serum > Other serums if you want > Moisturizer > Sunscreen (SPF 50)
      Night : Cleanser > Toner (I recommend a toner from Bravura London or the Pixi Glow, much more effective than the Cosrx AHA/BHA toner) > BHA serum > AHA serum > Other serums if you want > Moisturizer

  • Acl

    Hi hyemi,

    Can I have some recommendation on vitamin c/brightening products for oily/combination skin? I live in warm climate country and I have larges pores, some acne scars and occasional pimples/blackheads. My skin is quite dull too. Is mad hippie vitamin c good? Or Hera white program effector? Or is there any other products that you would recommend? Would appreciate your advise on this, thank you!

    • Hye Mi (author)

      Hello!

      The Mad Hippie Vitamin C is, in my opinion, one of the best skin brightening serum on the market as it provides truly excellent skin brightening results.
      The Biogenic Effector is also an excellent product, I reviewed it here, but it is very expensive. If you wish to get rid of your acne scars and occasional pimples I believe vitamin C and glycolic acid (or lactic acid) would be better for you.
      I really like Paula’s Choice 10% Weekly AHA Treatment, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin and visibly minimizes acne scars. It also smoothes the skin’s texture.

  • Nicole

    Simply want to say your article is as amazing.

  • Hayly Vu

    Hi Hye Mi,

    Do you use both the PC 2% BHA Liquid and the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum? Should they be used on different days, or can they be used at the same time? If at the same time, then should I wait a bit after applying the first one before applying the second one? Also, can you tell me how do the supercharged rosehip oil and jasmine body oil feel? Are they sticky?

    Thank you in advance!!

    • Hye Mi (author)

      Hello!

      Yes I use both at the same time, and I only wait around a minute till the 2% is absorbed so I won’t rub it all over my face. The supercharged oil feels really nice, lightweight, non-sticky and absorbs quickly since I have dry skin. The Jasmine body oil is a little bit sticky for a few minutes, and leaves the skin extremely glowy. πŸ™‚

      • Hayly Vu

        Would you suggest the oils (both the rosehip and the jasmine) for combination/oily skin?

        • Hye Mi (author)

          Both are excellent for all skintypes, expect acne-prone skin. πŸ™‚

  • Hayly Vu

    Hi Hye Mi,

    Do you use both the PC 2% BHA Liquid and the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum? Should they be used on different days, or can they be used at the same time? If at the same time, then should I wait a bit after applying the first one before applying the second one? Also, can you tell me how do the supercharged rosehip oil and jasmine body oil feel? Are they sticky?

    Thank you in advance!!

  • Sharifah

    im currently on the laneige whitening line. I bought 3 of their products.
    Aside from the whitening sleeping masks from this line,which did you find useful for brightening and fading acne marks (a.k.a hyperpigmentation?)

    I live in Singapore and the only korean skincare brands I can grab a hold of is innisfree, laneige, etyde gouse and face shop. Thats about it:/

    • Hye Mi (author)

      Hello Sharifah,

      I find the whole line effective, expect maybe the toner, but I don’t use it much (expect the cream and the sleeping masks) anymore since I use Hera’s whitening line instead. πŸ™‚

  • Hayly Vu

    Hi Hye Mi!

    Ihave a few questions that I hope you can help me with.

    1) How do the Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum and Exfoliating serum feel? Are they light enough for oily skin?

    2) When you use exfoliants such as the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid, do you put it on before or after toner?

    3) Do you have any recommendation for a light-weight water-based moisturizer for oily skin?

    I would appreciate any suggestion you can give with these questions. Thanks so much in advance!

    • Hye Mi (author)

      Hello Hayly,

      1) They’re extremely lightweight, they feel like water on the skin. They don’t clog pores at all and minimize shine.
      2) I always apply them after an acidic toner, I’m currently using the Bravura London because it has a low pH and works great.
      3) You can find all my favorite moisturizers for oily skin in this post, but the Laneige Water Bank Gel and Trouble Relief are the ones I like the most. πŸ™‚

      • Hayly Vu

        Thanks for answering!

        I would like to clarify something with you. If I use the Paula’s Choice BHA exfoliant and the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum and I want to add the Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence to my routine, in what order should I apply these products?

        Also, is it possible to use both the Exfoliating Serum and the Vitamin C Serum together, or should I use them one at a time (i.e., switching between them every other day)?

        Thank you!!

        • Hye Mi (author)

          Hello Hayly,

          BHA Exfoliant > Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum (AHA) > Wait 30 minutes to one hour so niacinamide and glycolic acid don’t mix together otherwise they both won’t be effective and you’ll end up flushing > Laneige White Plus Renew. Or you can also use the Exfoliating Serum at night time and the Laneige at day time.
          Use the Vitamin C every other day instead of using the Exfoliating Serum and Vitamin C at the same time since they are both exfoliators.

          Have a nice day,

          Hye Mi

  • Sarah C

    Hi!
    Great post! As someone who is considering moving to a K-Beauty regimen (I know, I’m so late to the party!), can you please suggest a simple routine? Maybe 5 or 6 products to ease into the process? My main concern is sun spots (as in lots) and large pores. And…I’m in my early 40’s, if that is a consideration factor.
    Thanks so much!
    Sarah

  • Ain Mastura

    Hi Hye Mi!

    Thanks to you I already bought my skincare based on your recommendation when I went to Korea last month. I really like it and got a lot of improvements.
    I need you another advise. Can you advise to me the brightening product? I’m having uneven skin tone and I feel my face became dark. I don’t know why. But I already use sunscreen when I going out. I read your comment to use Laneige Original White Plus Renew Essence. Can you suggest for me? Maybe the cheaper one.

    Thank you

  • Obat Asam Urat

    Cosrx is good?i try to use it. But i very afraid if someday not work for me.

    • Hye Mi (author)

      It’s a good brand, but not as powerful as Paula Choice when it comes to blackheads and large pores care. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda

    Hi Hye Mi, have you tried the Miguhara Whitening Ampoule?

  • Nur Syazwani

    Hi Hye Mi,

    I have been a silent (and loyal) reader of yours! Have been purchasing some of your recommended products too and it’s working wonders for me, thank youuu.

    However, just a quick question, which do you think is more effective in brightening – The Mad Hippie Vit C serum you mentioned in this post or the Andalou Naturals Purple Carrot + C Night cream?

    Thank you!

  • Stephanine

    Hi Hye Mi,

    I am currently using the BHA, but there are still some stubborn blackheads on my nose and cheeks. Can I know how do you use the mad hippie exfoliating serum? Do you apply it on your bare face and wait 30 minutes before continuing with your regime?
    Is the % of acid too harsh for the skin?

    Thank you.

    • Hye Mi (author)

      Hello!

      May I know which BHA you’re currently using? Cosrx or Paula Choice? The Cosrx isn’t as powerful as the PC when it comes to stubborn blackheads. It could also be because you’re using some pores-clogging products.

      As for the MH serum I first apply a toner like the Pixi Glow or Thayers Alcohol-free Rose, then my BHA, I wait 5 little minutes until my skin absorbs the product and use my AHA serum (MH or Paula Choice, depends on my mood). 7% Glycolic Acid is fine with me, it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all. πŸ™‚

      • Eve

        Pores clogging items ? How can we tell ? Any names to avoid

        • Eve

          Hihi, Mad hippie vitamin c, when should it be applied ? Before the corsx blackhead liquid ?
          Any idea if the vitamin c can treat pimples ?

  • Sarah

    Hi Hye Mi !
    I can’t believe you live in Paris ! I also live in Paris (well, I’m French…). I hope you’ll enjoy our beautiful city and life here !
    Do you know where I can find the ingredient list of Mamonde masks ? They seem to be great but I was wondering if there’s some silicone or mineral oil…
    Thanks for your posts, I love your blog πŸ˜‰

    • Hye Mi (author)

      Hello Sarah!

      Jasmin Honey : Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Jasminum Officinale Flower Extract, Honey, Camellia Sinensis Flower Extract, Theanine, Kaempferol, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Stearic Acid,Hydrogenated lecithin, Glyceryl caprylate, Polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearate, Xanthan Gum, Theobroma Cacao Extract, Dextrin, Alcohol, Phytantriol, Poloxamer 407, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/,VP Copolymer,Caffeine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 19140, CI 15985

      Rose Honey : Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin,Glycereth-26, Rose Extract, Rosa Canina Flower Oil, Honey, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Theanine, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Camellia Sinensis Flower Extract, Kaempferol, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/, VP Copolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Jojoba esters, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Kaolin, Tromethamine, Sodium polyacrylate starch, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Theobroma Cacao Extract, Dextrin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol, Phytantriol, Poloxamer 407, Caffeine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

  • Twaambo

    Great post! Enjoy Paris <3

    • Hye Mi (author)

      Thank you!

  • Lissy Tan

    Hi Sun Hye Mi!

    I need advice. I am currently under acne medication recommended by my dermatologist. Is it okay if I will add up skincare products such as vitamin C serum? Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Ain Mastura

    Hi Hye Mi!

    It’s already 3 weeks I’m using rosehip oil but not Green Keratin due to they can’t deliver to my country. So I’m using Trilogy rosehip oil. My skin is combination/skin so I just use two drops at night only. My first day I use after toner and before moisturizer but I got one pimple the next morning. The second day I’m using after moisturizer but I wait one hour before I apply rosehip oil. The next morning I woke up with 4 pimples πŸ™
    So I decided to use it before moisturizer. But until today I still have pimple on the next day but not so serious. It just waste if I’m not using it and sometimes I apply on my body.

    I have a question for you but this is not about rosehip oil.

    1) Laneige trouble relief toner and Mamonde rose water toner – Which one I should use on day time and night? My cleanser is Mamonde rose water cleanser foam.
    2) Laneige trouble relief cream or Laneige water bank gel cream – Can you choose for me. I don’t know which one I should buy.
    3) Can I use Mamonde rose soothing gel as my moisturizer and night cream after using AHA/BHA? Laneige moisturizer is kinda pricey for me so I just want to use as my day moisturizer only.

    Thank you.

    • Hye Mi (author)

      Hello Ain,

      Two drops if definitely enough, you don’t need to add more. You don’t have to use it every night if it makes your skin too oily, once every two or three days is enough as well. If you find rosehip oil too rich you can also mix the two drops in your moisturizer to boost both products effects.

      1) As you wish, you can use both at the same time if you want to. If you use exfoliators (AHA/BHA) at night it would be best to use both (Laneige first, BHA/AHA then Rose Water toner to soothe your skin)
      2) The Laneige Trouble Relief Cream is great for people with oily and acne-prone skin, if you have pimples it would be best to use the Trouble Relief to get rid of them (and prevent them as well). The Water Bank Gel is a great moisturizing cream but it doesn’t contain anti-troubles ingredients, it is only meant for hydration.
      3) Of course! It’s a great moisturizer on its own, and you can even add one drop of rosehip oil to it (in your palm, not directly in the jar) to maximize hydration.

      • Ain Mastura

        Hi Hye Mi!

        Thank you for your reply.

        If I do not use both toner at the same time, is that correct my routine below:

        Day
        Cleanser – laneige toner – cosrx BHA – mamonde soothing gel – laneige moisturizer

        Night
        Cleanser – mamonde toner – cosrx BHA/AHA – mamonde soothing gel – rosehip oil

        I read your comment before and got info to use mamonde soothing gel before laneige moisturizer at day time.

        Thank you.

        • Hye Mi (author)

          Hello!

          Yes that’s correct. πŸ™‚
          You can also use the Laneige Moisturizer at night time in case the Mamonde Gel isn’t moisturizing enough.

          • Ain Mastura

            Hi Hyemi!

            Now I’m using Mamonde pore clean toner. It’s already 2 weeks I’m using this toner and I got excellent result on my face. Actually I want to try Laneige but I think I need to consider this toner. My face really like this Mamonde toner because I can see my pore is become smaller and tighten. And the best thing is I don’t have any pimple when I woke up the next morning! You know that I have pimple since I use rosehip oil.
            I think Mamonde toner have ingredients that can get rid the pimples. So I’m so happy about this toner. Thanks to you for your recommendation. *Thumbs up*

            For the next purchase I would like to try Laneige water sleeping mask. Actually I want to try Mamonde sleeping mask but I really want to try Laneige sleeping mask πŸ™‚

            Thank you~

            • Hye Mi (author)

              Glad to hear that! πŸ™‚

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