OhLolly Buys

Hi,

I wanted to review my recent purchases:

  • Kicho – Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream
  • heimish- All Cream Balm

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This review is written after 2 weeks of consistent use.

Kicho – Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream (spf 50 PA ++):

This sunscreen has been an absolute game changer for me. I like efficiency of a 2-in-1 product that moisturizes and also protects from sun damage. It leaves no white-cast, doesn’t feel greasy, and doesn’t smell like your typical sunscreen. In fact, it has a calming floral scent. This hasn’t broken me out, which is another huge plus. It seems to sit well under makeup as well.

heimish- All Cream Balm

The packaging for this product is so so pretty! It comes with a spoon which I appreciate since it is much hygienic for the product. People have compared this to Banila Co’s Clean It Zero, but without the added fragrance that comes with Banila Co. I have personally used Banila Co for 2 weeks, and ended up giving it to my sister because I felt it was too harsh for my sensitive skin. The heimish balm uses hypoallergenic ingredients which is much gentler and less stripping, while removing all my makeup.

Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

Hello!

I read a lot about adding BHA & AHA to skincare regime to help with exfoliating, decongesting pores, and improving overall skin texture.

I read Reddit /r/AsianBeauty and other beauty blogs, and came across Cosrx BHA as a holy grail product for a lot of people. I have oily skin, and I struggle with blackheads/clogged pores, so I went ahead and purchased this product.

It’s quite affordable at $18, and  a single pump is enough to cover your entire face. I’d say even if you use the product once a day at night, it would last 5-6 months, maybe longer?

I used it for 4 weeks, only at night. Here is my experience:

  • Week 1: product seemed to be working. My skin was glowing and looked more refreshed.
  • Week 2&3: I broke out on my chin. I thought this was purging, which is good because it means all the gunk is coming to the surface
  • Week 4: I started breaking out on my cheeks!! I normally don’t break out on my cheeks so when I do, it’s a sign that I’m not purging but that the product is giving me irritation/breaking me out

So sadly, this was a miss for me. I am still looking for a good BHA product for pore maintenance, any suggestions are welcomed.

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Long over due update

It’s been awhile since I updated my skin progress. I’ve tried so many products since my last entry, and finally found products that work for me.

For the first time in awhile, people have been complimenting my skin and telling me how good it looks. This was something I thought would NEVER be possible for me.

Here is my current routine:

AM:

  1. Cleanse face with Klurskin’s Rose and White Tea Gentle Glycolic Cleanser

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  2. Rinse 7 times with cold water
  3. While my face is still wet, I pat on my toner: Laneige Skin Renew Toner  (this is an average toner and I will not be repurchasing once I’m out) laneige-perfect-renew-skin-refiner-ex
  4. Moisturize: Benton Snail Steam Cream (I found mine on ebay)  -benton-snail-bee-high-content-steam-cream-50g
  5. Then I go in with my sunscreen- I am currently using Mentholatum Sunplay Skin Aqua Sunscreen SPF 50. This sunscreen contains NO alcohol, instead it contains hyaluronic acid which helps to hydrate the skin while protecting it from sun damage 81tWD2LK3yL._SL1500_
  6. For makeup, I changed my routine from BB creams (skinfood, face shop, dr jart, etc) to POWDER FOUNDATION. I feel like this helped my skin improve tremendously. BB creams/CC creams/foundations all contain a lot of oil. I noticed that no matter how thoroughly I washed my face, I would continue to break out. I’ve used Bare Minerals and Alima, but found that W3ll People Altruist Mineral Foundation worked the best for me:

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PM:

1. I get a towel and wet it with warm/hot water, then I gently wipe the foundation/sunscreen off

2. Go in with Klurskin’s Rose and White Tea Gentle Glycolic Cleanser using 2 pumps 35727635_000_b

3. While my face is still wet, I pat on my toner: Laneige Skin Renew Toner

4. While my toner is still slightly wet, I use Klurskin’s Hyaluronic + Vitamic C serum. This serum is THE BOMB. It is packed with so many ingredients that are essential for your skin, just read the ingredients below:

INGREDIENTS: *Aloe Vera Juice, Distilled Water, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, *Lavender Oil, *Chamomile Flower Extract, *Marigold Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Co-Enzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, *Vitamin E, Vitamin B12- Bio Active Complex (Vitamin B), Silk Amino Acids, Ferulic Acid, *Jojoba Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin. *ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

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5. I let the serum soak into my skin for 3-5 mins then moisturize with either the Benton Steam Cream or Shea Terra’s Argan, Zafron, & Camel Milk Lait Creme. My skin feels sooooo soft and bright in the morning after using Shea Terra’s Creme

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This is the most current picture of my skin, it was taken few minutes before publishing this post at a cute cafe in Pasadena, CA. I do have light powder foundation on, but nothing else. My skin is naturally slightly flushed so it might look like I have blush on.

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It’s been a long journey to get my skin to its current state. If my skin got better, so can yours.

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These photos are taken with my Mac PhotoBooth; hence, the quality isn’t the best.

However, these pictures still show the bumpiness off my skin due to inflamed acne. Here is my progress:

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See what I mean? The lighting isn’t perfect but it still manages to capture the bumps/inflammation.

So in the last photo (which was taken like 5 minutes ago) my skin still has few whiteheads, not a lot. If anything, the texture has gotten much better, and I am left with dark pigmentation scars. If you have an recommendation for dark spot treatment, please let me know! I’ve tried lemon, but it’s way too acidic for my skin. Baking soda didn’t do much for me. Manuka honey did nothing. Vitamin C might’ve helped a little… I’ve also ordered Skin Apotheke Ubtan Scrub which has been raved by beauty guru EpicBeautyGuide and customer reviews, but it hasn’t done much for me.

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Stats:

  • Female
  • Asian
  • Skin type: oily/combination/acne-prone/sensitive = pretty much the worst
  • Age: 22, but will be 23 this month

Background:

Not that I ever had “perfect” skin, but my skin was blemish free for quite awhile. It was the calm before the storm since I started getting pretty bad acne out of nowhere. I’m not talking about 1-2 zits here and there, there are COUNTLESS numbers of clogged pores, whiteheads, and a few cystic acne. These are only around my jaw and chin, which means it is HORMONE or STRESS related. This has been going on for 3-4 months, and it is not going away.

I’ve tried a ton of different skin care brands/products: Atomy (korean), Dessert Essence, The Face Shop (korean), Dr. Skin, Gold List Organic View, NuSkin, raw honey, extra virgin olive oil, aspirin mask, Origins, PCA etc..

I’ve also gone to so-called skin care experts and estheticians for extraction/peels..

Nothing seems to work. I am leaning towards something more organic/holistic, and ordered the Dr. Alkaitis travel kit. I have read such great things about the line, but I’m scared to get my hopes up because there is always that chance that it might not work for me.

Eating Habits/Lifestyle:

I eat pretty clean. I lost 40 pounds (it took a little over a year), but within that year I developed a  healthy and balanced eating habit. Yes I will have that occasional french fries or cookie or cake, but I have moderate self control when it comes to bad food. I’ve cut dairy, and cut down a lot on caffeine. I also drink about 2 liters of water a day, eat fruits and vegetables regularly, and exercise 3-4 times a week. I get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

Also, I do not smoke cigarettes, and I cut down on alcohol ( a lot, mainly cause of social smoking).

Stress:

I do believe my acne is stress related. I was stressed out over a lot of things in my life… 😦

Purpose of this blog:

This is a skin progress blog. I will write about products that worked for me, products that didn’t; ingredients to avoid, ingredients to look for. I want to learn about skin in this journey. If I can help readers with their skin issues, then it would be great, but this is mainly for me.

Reminder to myself: post before pictures.