by Rosy Day Blog
Luxury Skincare That is Not ExclusiveYou might have seen the VII Code eye masks around Instagram. I have always been intrigued with their "oxygen masks" as I've heard great things about oxygen facials, though I would never want to pay the price, nor go through the trouble to get one. I had wondered if these eye masks would provide a similar experience for the eye area, as I have had great results in the past with the Cremorlab O2 Couture line (more oxygen-based skincare).
According to VIIcode's website, the current VIIcode skincare line originally started back with Doctor Byrne Victor who initially had some kind of skin disease but eventually ended up curing it himself at the age of 35. News of his "special potion"spread throughout Europe. Sometime in 1800, Dr. Victor ended up giving one of his potions to Josephine (Napoleon Bonaparte's wife). She was so impressed that she made him keep it a secret until she died. Now this secret is out today in the VIIcode brand (through one of Dr. Victor's children VII Byrne Victor).
VII pride's itself in both basic (but quality) skincare and luxury skincare without all the exclusivity. They must be doing something right if such formulations/secrets have been around for that long! I can get behind and respect a brand like that.
Disclosure:I have received this product from VIIcode to try, with no obligation to post/review. I was not given anything in exchange for trying the product or writing this review. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful. I do not work for VIIcode.
by Rosy Day Blog
I’ve received some products for review from new Korean beauty online store Lluillui.com back in early May. Normally I would try and do thorough reviews for each product. However, towards the end of May and early June, I’ve become very busy with work and re-organizing my apartment. I’ve also been back working in the office again since mid June. I couldn’t dedicate as much time to all 3 products as I would have liked. I also have other reviews that I need to work on fairly soon. Instead I’m combining these 3 products for an intro to Lluillui.com and doing mini-reviews here instead. If you do have any questions about a product, or would like for me to go in depth about something, do not hesitate to ask!
Introducing Lluillui.comYes there are so many online stores that carry Korean beauty products now (especially U.S.-based). However, what makes Lluillui.com unique is that they carry brands that no other U.S.-based k-beauty store has or harder to find k-beauty brands within the U.S (without necessarily ordering and getting them shipped from South Korea). Some of the standout brands that they carry that I’ve either never heard of or had very little exposure to in the U.S. are: 9wishes, Ecolline, Hanyul, Mustus, and Round Lab (to name a few). There’s definitely a lot more that South Korea offers than the same handful of brands you might see carried at all the other online stores.
Here I will highlight and do mini-reviews on 3 products that I was most excited to try once Lluillui.com launched a few months back.
Disclosure:I have received all products here from Lluillui.com in exchange for my honest review. I was not given anything else in exchange for reviewing the products. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the products and hope someone finds it useful. I do not work for Hanyul, Mamonde, or Missha, nor am I an employee of Lluillui.com.
Table of Contents- Hanyul Artemisia Miracle Relief Essence
- Mamonde Red Energy Recovery Serum
- Missha Glow Skin To Go Blam Mist
First Treatment Essence
Hanyul Artemisia Miracle Relief EssenceLots of people love treatment essences. Unfortunately the majority of them do use fermented ingredients which not everyone can use, especially galactomyces ferment. I think that I can do well with other types of ferments, but the very last treatment essence I used (which had galactomyces ferment) irritated my skin. If you’re like me, then using a treatment essence such as this mugwort/artemisia one from Hanyul, is definitely a great alternative. It might not do much in terms of anti-aging or brightening your skin as much as other treatment essences, but this soothes sensitive/red skin (similar to the popular centella asiatica), while adding a lightweight (but buildable) hydrating glow. While I don’t think the soothing effects are quite on par with centella asiatica (which seems to work faster for me), it’s still a good treatment essence.
Now, this is the first and only mugwort/artemisia product I’ve used so I can’t compare this to any others. However, I really do like the consistency of this as the slight afterglow it produces, reminds me of this cleansing water/toner from RAWRAW (I don’t think this company is even still in business anymore). The only thing is that if you’re sensitive to CBD products, I would advise against trying this or at least look for a sample. CBD has similar results to mugwort/artemisia, but unfortunately there’s a small percentage of people that are sensitive to it, despite the ingredient being known to soothe irritated skin. Trust me, I’ve used a very expensive CBD oil and it constantly broke me out, so I would try mugwort/artemisia with caution if you’ve never tried it before.
Final Rating = 4.25/5 (Great alternative for ferments, but might not be as good as centella asiatica for some. I don’t recommend it if you’re already allergic to the similar ingredient CBD. I mention this because after a few weeks of using, I eventually developed an irritation due to the mugwort. Most people shouldn’t have this problem though - I’m abnormal, LOL).
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Mamonde Red Energy Recovery SerumThis is supposed to be Mamonde’s star product (besides their famous rose water toner). I was a bit surprised when this first launched because I’ve never really known Mamonde to have any serious anti-aging products. Here Mamonde has used special technology and their extensive research to harness polyphenols (powerful antioxidants) from every part of the pomegranate (seeds, flower, etc.) to help replenish moisture and firm skin, creating a more supply appearance. Mamonde claims hydrated and smoother skin in 5 days. After 5 days, I did notice some pretty decent hydration on my face considering how lightweight this serum felt. It’s thicker than most liquidy serums, yet lighter than most emulsions (it absorbs fast and doesn’t necessarily leave you greasy). Now I’m not sure about the smoother skin since I’ve already been using the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Pore-Tight Toner and that stuff is awesome for glass skin (you always look like you’ve had an aqua peel facial as they claim)...Mamonde also claims that you’ll have firmer and brighter skin in 14 days.
I did feel like my face (especially the cheek area) was slightly more voluminous after 14 days. Nothing too major that is noticeable in photos, but I noticed since I see myself everyday of course. I’m not too sure about the brightening since again the Glow Recipe toner seems to be taking care of that for me, but this Mamonde Serum is very high in vitamin C if you don’t necessarily want to use a dedicated vitamin C serum (usually ascorbic acid). Although this says that it’s a mild formula for sensitive skin, don’t pay attention to that. I don’t recommend this product if you have dry skin (it will feel drying due to the alcohol), not to mention the alcohol itself is high up the ingredients list and is potentially irritating to some. The strong floral scent might put off some people though. Some say it smells like wine, but all I get is an after scent of the alcohol...Also some say this is like an affordable option of the more expensive Iope Stem III Ampoule. I haven’t tried that one, so I can’t comment. Overall it’s pretty good considering the price (it’s not super expensive) and I would recommend if you are new/starting your anti-aging journey.
Final Rating = 4/5 (Good product but is highly fragranced with an alcohol after-scent and it can be irritating to sensitive skin. However this does absorb fast and is a great anti-aging option for oilier skin).
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Hydrating Facial Mist
Missha Glow Skin To Go Blam MistI’m not the biggest fan of mists so I don’t exactly use them religiously. I used to really like the Belif Aqua Bomb Mist and used it every time after I washed my face/stepped out of the shower, until I discovered the high alcohol content was slowly making my face more irritated and red. This Missha mist is definitely on the more hydrating side and not necessarily super watery/light like some others. It has 77.8% rose damascena water and is marketed as being something for when you want more of a hydrating glow (especially over makeup). I don’t know about its claims of 30 hours of moisture retention (most people re-hydrate with some kind of moisturizer daily).
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this mist for more oily skin as you’re probably looking for something more water-like and not necessarily looking to look more glowy than the natural “glow” oilier skin tends to produce. However Missha does advertise this as also a 5-in-1 quick daily mist so oily skin could technically just use this as an all-in-one hydrating product when traveling or in a rush. More dry skin if using this method, might have to mist several times to get their desired moisturization level. I do think the best way to use this mist is over makeup to break it up and make it look less cakey (also hide dry flakey spots), especially to make matte makeup look more glowy and natural. I appreciate the rose water but I feel like this is more of a makeup fixer rather than an actual skincare product (there are better mists if you’re looking for actual skincare benefits).
Final Rating = 3/5 (I’m not the biggest fan of mists but this does what it needs to do, and is more on the hydrating side than most making it a great choice for makeup fixing and for drier skin).
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If you have any questions about any of the products above, please let me know.
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Photo Credit: Lluillui.com