Review – Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

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Cosrx is a Korean skincare brand that I’ve became acquitted with quite recently. Cosrx, while not being a luxury Korean skincare brand like Sulwhasoo or The History of WHOO, has earned some skincare cred for providing effective skincare solutions at an affordable price. One of their famous product is this – Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser. As usual, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?

Ingredients

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine Salicylate, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA

How does the Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser fare?

This product is a low-foaming gel cleanser that I usually use as a second cleanse in the evenings and as my only cleanser in the morning. What’s special about this product is that its pH  is around 5.0 ~6.0 (similar to skin’s natural pH level). In case you do not understand the implications of what it means to use a low pH cleanser, read here. Basically, using a low-pH cleanser is key to maintaining a healthy skin moisture barrier and in turn decrease skin’s sensitivity as well as acne problems. In addition, this cleanser does not contain the usual SLS, SLES, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid or Lauric Acid. Now, I’m not allergic to those ingredients nor do I think that those are “toxic” ingredients. However, I do think that if you are sensitive/ allergic to any of these common skin triggers, this cleanser might just be the one you’ve been searching for.

But enough with this analysis. Let’s get on to the performance of this product. How did it perform for me? Well, I do like this product. I think that it cleanses well without leaving any residue behind (a pet peeve of mine!). It also contains both a mild BHA and tea tree oil and that’s great for combating my hormonal acne problems. Although it’s not a product that’s going to elicit my gushing praises or my undying devotion to it, it’s actually a very functional product that you would reach for without thinking too much. In fact, I instinctively reach for this product so often that I’m finishing it up within 2 months and that is quite a feat considering my entire stash of cleansers. Once again, this is a fuss-free no-brainer product that just works well for my skin. Highly recommended for combination or oily skins!

Where can you find it?

You can buy this product from MyBeautyMoments online. Some Watsons stores also stock this brand. I’ve seen it being stocked at the large Watsons store at Ngee Ann City.

It retails at S$13.50 (150 ml sized).

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First Impressions Review – Sulwhasoo’s NEW Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask

Hi guys! I’ve interrupted my normal scheduled posting to inform you guys about this NEW mask from Korean’s premium skincare brand Sulwhasoo! About a week back, I saw a promotion on Facebook that invited people to redeem samples of their Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask. Therefore I signed up and got myself one! This mask comes in a sheet mask form but instead of the traditional sheet masks which comes soaked in watery essence, it is actually soaked in their Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream.

What is it?

This mask is the first ever creamy sheet mask enriched with ginseng for instant and deep anti-ageing care vitality thoroughly delivered into the skin via an innovative Double Wrapping Sheet™. Essentially, it delivers 8X more Compound K (the saponin from ginseng roots which is also Sulwhasoo’s exclusive and patented ginseng anti-aging substances) – In a single sheet mask!

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Any results?

Well, since I’ve only got that one mask, I can’t vouch for any long term effects. Anyway I don’t really believe that sheet masks have any long term effects (unless you are using them every single day!) but I could tell you the instantaneous effects that I saw from using this mask.

Just wanna show you guys that the sheet mask is separated into the top and bottom halves!

Being that this is afterall a mask from Sulwhasoo, everything from the packaging to the fit of the mask is excellent. In the above photo, you could see that because the mask is separated into the top and bottom halves, it adheres to the contours of the face much better than other masks out there on the market. This tight adherence to the contours of the face is apparently also due to the Double Wrapping Sheet™ which is an innovative dual-layer sheet mask. It offers a differentiated adhesion and skin penetration – outer film sheet for adhesion and ventilation and inner micro-structure sheet for capturing and delivering potency. Additionally, the texture of the mask itself could only be described as luxuriously sublime. It is actually a thin layer of cream spread on the mask and there’s no nasty slimy essence crawling down your neck. I could basically work on my laptop while using this mask and it’s still perfectly fine. Sulwhasoo would advise you to wear this mask for around 20 minutes and that’s basically what I did. However, I do believe that you could wear this mask for as long as you want (perhaps up to even an hour!) since it won’t dry out unlike other normal wet sheet masks.

Just look at the beautiful signature Sulwhasoo motifs on this mask!

When I removed the mask after around 20 minutes, I noticed that my skin looked more lifted and there’s a soft translucent glow to it. I must say, however, I didn’t noticed a drastic one shade lighter effect which I’d gotten with L’Herboflore sheet masks. The Sulwhasoo beauty adviser informed me that I could just sleep with the mask without layering other night creams over it so I followed her advice. My skin the next morning is visibly more hydrated, softer and the most obvious result is the lack of puffiness in my face (I usually look very bloated in the mornings due to water retention). Although I do not think that this mask is holy grail material for me, if you’ve the budget to accommodate Sulwhasoo’s products into your skincare routine, this is an excellent hydrating and lifting mask that would make your day/night just a little more luxurious!

Where can you find it?

In Singapore, you could find Sulwhasoo at Tangs, Takashimaya, Robinsons The Heerens as well as its standalone boutiques at ION Orchard, Westgate and Capitol Building.

You can also purchase it from Zalora SG.

It retails at S$148 (5 sheets).

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Review – Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil

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I was exclusively using Sulwhasoo (雪花秀) skincare products up till around 2 to 3 years ago where I got “seduced” by other brands. The Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil has always been one of my favourite products but I just never got around to using it again until a few months ago when I was at the airport and saw it being offered at a great price at the duty free shops. I immediately bought 2 bottles of it and went at it as soon as I reached home. So, how did it fare after me not using it for a few years? Was it as good as I’d remembered it to be? Before we continue, let’s just check out its ingredients list first.

Ingredients

Isopropyl palmitate, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, PEG-20 glyceryl triisostearate, PEG-8 isostearate, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, spirodela polyrrhiza extract, coix lacryma-jobi ma-yuen seed extract, castanea crenata (chestnut) shell extract, citrus unshiupeel extract, pinus koraiensis seed oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, camellia japonica seed oil, prunus mume fruit extract, nelumbo nucifera germ extract, squalane, dextrin palmitate, glyceryl behenate/eicosadioate, butylene glycol, fragrance

How does the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil fare?

As I had stated as above, I had not used it for a few years but I bought this product solely because of its great price at the duty free shops and also because I remembered liking it a lot when I was using it previously. And I must say that it has really performed up to my expectations!

You’ll need to use this cleansing oil using dry hands and face. Just pump out 3 pumps of this product and really massage it all over your face to lift away all the makeup, sunscreen and impurities in your skin. Then you’ll slightly wet your hands and emulsify it. What I really love about this product is its ability to emulsify so easily with just a little water. You’ll continue to use more water to emulsify the product for another one minute and then rinse it off with plenty of water. It should rinse away cleanly without any residue. Although I usually use a separate eye and lip makeup remover (those bi-phase liquid ones) but I’ve tried using this product to remove my super waterproof mascara and eyeliner and it performs splendidly. In fact, this cleansing oil is one of the very few cleansing oils (and even cleansing balms) that could remove all traces of my Heroine Make super waterproof mascara and not leave any residue behind. It comes in useful when I’ve had a long day (or drunk! LOL!) and just want to get everything off my face in quick double time.

Even though I love the smell of this cleansing oil (which is a musky oriental medicinal smell), I’ve noticed that some people might not be too receptive to it. However the smell doesn’t linger and in fact I think that you won’t even smell it after you’ve used this product for some time. The texture of this cleansing oil is also thinner than I remembered but it doesn’t detract away from its main function – which is to cleanse. And boy does it cleanse well! So yes, I would highly recommend this product to everyone who has the budget to accommodate Sulwhasoo’s products into their skincare regime. I highly doubt that your skin would regret it even though your wallet might!

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from the Shillia Duty Free at Changi Airport. It was retailing at S$30.10 (200ml sized) per bottle.

In Singapore, you could find Sulwhasoo at Tangs, Takashimaya, Robinsons The Heerens as well as its standalone boutiques at ION Orchard, Westgate and Capitol Building.

It retails at S$50 (200ml sized) at the usual beauty counters.

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