Monday, January 31, 2011

Edited: The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Line Review

~Gongjinhyang Line~

~The newly upgraded Gongjinhyang line~

****Hey guys! I recently went through my Gongjinhyang products and realized that I had the newly upgraded version of the In Yang Balancer and In Yang Lotion. I purchased the set in Seoul, Korea - which has been recently introduced in the West. The In Yang Balancer and In Yang Lotion review are the upgraded version and not the 'older' version!!! The rest of the products reviewed are the 'older' version. Sorry guys!!!***

[Gongjinhyang - A secret Royal court formula that presents heavenly skincare to empresses]

Containing "Gonjinbidan" and "Wild ginseng Cordyceps sinensis". Gongjinhyang helps create a more attractive skin tone. Through the principle of yin-yang harmony to keep skin balanced and the principle of increasing water (moisture) and diminishing fire (dryness) to enhance moisture within the skin while soothing it effectively, it gives skin a new radiance and smoothness.

Contents in Gonjinbidan: Deer Antler Velvet Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, and Angelics Acutiloba Root Extract.

The products in The History of Whoo’s Gongjinhyang line are contain herbal ingredients that keep the supple and moisturized by hydrating dry skin and improving its purification capabilities (circulation within the skin helps with many skin problems). The rare herbal ingredients help treat the skin from within, to give your skin an outer glow. The Gongjinhyang line incorporates herbal traditional medicine that was used by the ancient royal family. The herbal nutrition stimulates the skin’s viability, moisture retention and adds radiance to the skin. The synergy between Gongjindan and Polygonatum also provides excellent wrinkle improvement, adds firmness and promotes a naturally youthful glow. This line is recommended for people in their early 30’s who have dry skin.

The philosophy behind the Gongjinhyang line is based on reducing the ‘fire’ on the skin or dry skin, and retaining water, which is the moisture of your skin. This line has been recently upgraded – not only has the lovely packaging been upgraded, but so has the formula. I used the ‘older’ version for 2 months, day and night when I had normal skin. Unfortunately, I do not have the ingredient lists at the moment – I did not keep the boxes for each item when I purchased it – hopefully I will be able to get it soon!!! I will be reviewing the In Yang Balancer, Qi & Jin Essence, In Yang Lotion, Qi & Jin Eye Cream, Qi & Jin Cream, and Hae Yoon Sun Cream SPF 50+++. For each product, with the exception of the In Yang Balancer and Qi & Jin Eye Cream, I used a pea-size amount, for the eye cream a little really goes a long way, and for the toner, I poured 4 pea size amounts on my palm and gently patted on my skin.

Potent Ingredients:
~Siberian Deer Antlers/Nok Yong~

~Snow Lotus~

~Asparagus Cohinchinesis~

~Cornus Officinalis~


~Wild Ginseng~


I would like to begin my review with...

~The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang In Yang Balancer (upgraded)~
Description: In Yang Balancer is a herbal toner that keeps the skin soft and moist by hydrating dry skin and improving its purification capability.

Review: This toner is very watery, but when applied to the skin, immediately hydrates the skin. The scent is very floral, and some of you may find it heavy at times – but it was totally fine for me. Considering it is 150ml bottle, it does last a long time, which is excellent. Compared to the Jinyul Balancer, I would prefer the In Yang Balancer because of its light texture and consistency, it absorbs right away which is great for oily skin too (if you do have oily skin, I don’t recommend the rest of the products in this line for you), while the Jinyul Balancer took some time – but again, you have to consider that the Jinyul line is very rich because it is made for people over the age of 40. Nonetheless, I love this toner for keeping my normal skin hydrated!!!

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Qi & Jin Essence
Description: Qi & Jin Essence is a highly concentrated herbal serum for a more crystalline, vital and luminous skin tone. The finest herbal essences from Gongjinbidan offer a luxurious and silky smooth feel

Review: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ESSENCE! The texture is rich and it has a yellow/orange tint to it. It absorbs so fast, it leaves nothing behind, but silky smooth skin!!! The scent is not too heavy compared to the rest of the line. I found this essence helped with the texture of my skin, and how it made my skin feel very dewy. What I love about the creams in this line is it really makes skin soft and supple!!! This is one of my top essences I would recommend for those who have dullness, and need a boost in the texture of their skin.

~The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang In Yang Lotion (upgraded)~
Description: In Yang Lotion is an herbal nutrition emulsion that stimulates the skin's viability. It improves the skin's ability to retain moisture and adds radiance to the skin.

Review: In my personal opinion, I did not find the In Yang Lotion to be my ultimate favourite. The reason being, it is TOO RICH – this is great for very dry dehydrated skin. Having normal skin going into this line, I found this Lotion to create a film on my skin that I did not like. Compared to Sulwhasoo's Basic Line, I would rather stick with Sulwhasoo's Balancing Emulsion, it is so light, but hydrates perfectly (you can replace it with Sulwhasoo's). But if I could, I would skip this Lotion because of its richness. The texture seems light at first, and it does hydrate the skin, but I do NOT recommend using it for oily skin and normal/combo, only if you have dry skin!!!

~The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Qi & Jin Eye Cream~
Description: It provides excellent wrinkle improvement effects. Its delicate but outstanding absorption tightens slackened cells around the eyes to create a pure and clarified look around the eyes without irritation.

Review: The best eye cream I have EVER tried!!!! Let me tell you how your dark circles are eliminated within two weeks, its unbelievable! When I bought this eye cream, I went into it without using an eye cream for two weeks, and I was sleep deprived due to my busy schedule. I know you guys are probably like, HOW COULD I NOT USE AN EYE CREAM for two weeks haha– but I am glad I didn’t, the reason being because I saw dramatic results!!! The technique I applied this is not in circular motions, but in patting motions, which still helps the product be absorbed. It has a yellow tint, and smells very herby, almost floral – the texture is very emollient and moisturizing the skin around the eyes amazingly. It states that it tightens skin around the eyes, and IT SURE DOES – my left eye can get a bit droopy, but this eye cream lifted and tightened it up. I highly HIGHLY recommend this eye cream, this is not a miss!!!

~The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Qi & Jin Cream~
Description: Qi & Jin Cream is a product of traditional beauty care techniques of the royal family. In addition to improved firmness through Gongjinbidan maximizes the skin's radiance.

Review: Another cream that is on my TOP LISTS – this cream will make your skin very dewy and soft. The scent is not as strong as the In Yang Balancer and Lotion (which would leave a scent behind on my face haha). The texture is rich, so I do not recommend it to those who have oily/combo skin. This cream is very moisturizing, and I find that it helps keep the skin hydrated even in harsh winter climates (I tested it outside to see how it battles through the cold!!!). I applied this cream by first, gently massaging, then lifting my skin UPWARDS from chin, to cheeks, and forhead – I saw improvements with the lifting techniques, and I recommend many of you to apply your creams this way, but be gentle so you do not stretch your skin. The results I saw from this cream is radiance, glow, firmness, suppleness, and plumped skin!!!

~The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Hae Yoon Sun Cream SPF 50+++ ~
Description: Whoo's most well known herbal sunscreen cream with characteristics such as providing moisture to the skin, spreading out to the skin with soft texture, refreshing finish touches and absorption without stickiness with a light, smooth sun cream with water cream-like texture.

Review: When it comes down to sunscreens, the ONLY thing I look for is its protection. This sunscreen has a HIGH spf ‘+++’ which is very important, especially during summer times (apply sunscreen even in winter seasons!!!). The texture is thick, it has a light yellow tint, and it seems sticky, but it absorbs instantly. However, I found that because it is thick, it also created a film on my skin. Nevertheless, it did keep my skin hydrated and moist, but compared to the Charmzone Albatross Sun Powder, I would rather go with the Charmzone sunscreen.

Recommended? Yes I would recommend this line, ONLY for dry skin - some of you with normal/combo may find some of the products rich, especially the lotion. I have not tried the new upgraded line. My Korean friend told me that the new line absorbs much quicker, and if you are interested in these products, I advise you to go to the store to try them out - plus a new sleeping pack and upgraded mask-sheets have been included!!! 

Thanks to Hope In A Blog: by mentioning this upgrade, they have stated that the newly added ingredients are: aloe vera and metasequoia glyptostroboides extracts :)!!!

For those of you with oily skin, I don't recommend this line because the richness may cause some bumps and milia seeds on your skin, so its best to stay away from this. The scent is very floral and herbal, I did not mind it personally - and the texture of the creams are very delicate and luxurious. Overall, I am happy with this lines results. It helped my skin remain soft and supple - it really refined the texture of my skin, and I always woke up to smooth silky skin. My top recommendations are the Qi & Jin Cream, Qi & Jin Essence, and Qi & Jin Eye Cream!!!

Please share any experiences you had with this line :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

UPDATED: Where to purchase Korean skin care products: Sulwhasoo and The History of Whoo

Sulwhasoo @ Bergdorf Goodman New York

Many of my readers have been e-mailing me regarding where to buy Sulwhasoo and The History of Whoo products, and since they are hard to find products, luckily, in North America, we have a few stores around us!

~U.S Locations for Sulwhasoo~

Address: Beauty Level at Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY, 10019

Please check out their awesome page on Facebook:

Two lovely knowledgeable ladies, Julia and Gina work at Bergdorf Goodman Sulwhasoo counter, will help pick out the right products your skin needs (you can also test at the store :). If you live around the area, call to order or schedule an appointment, this is not a miss! 212 872-8726.

~THE AMORE: U.S Locations~

Address: 17801 Pioneer Blvd, #K, Artesia, CA, 90701
Number: 562 865-2088

Address: 15440 Beach Blvd. #151 Westminster, CA 92655 
Number: (714) 898-3898  

Address: Pioneer Blvd, #K,  Artesia, CA, 90701 
Number: (562) 865-2088  

Address: 1635 S San Gabriel Blvd San Gabriel, CA 91776  

Address: 928 South Western Avenue Suite 213 Los Angeles, CA 90006 
Neighborhood: Koreatown

***Thanks to one of my readers, Nicolle, she has found two locations that sell Sulwhasoo!!! Thanks Nicolle :)***

Address: Amora Cosmetics
31217 Pacific Highway South
Federal Way, WA 98003-5401
Number: (253) 941-8875 

Address: Amora Cosmetics 
9701 S Tacoma Way Ste 110
Lakewood, WA 98499 
Number: (253) 581-3780

**Two new addresses located in New Jersey and New York: Thank you Sandra <3!!!**

*New Jersey*

Address: The Amore
270 Sylvan Ave #255
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 07632
(201) 568-0400

*New York*

Address: The Amore
Korea Village
15024 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11358

~THE AMORE: Canada Locations~

3. THE AMORE Canada: Various stores located around the GTA in Ontario

You can order online, call them for product information, or place an order and pick it up :)

~The History of Whoo Canada~

4. Jasper Cosmetics: Seoul Plaza
Address: 6080 Yonge Street, North York, Toronto, Ontario: Number: 416 226-3748

This location carries a SPA, they provide body massage and facial treatments, with the powders of Korean beauty massage techniques to help circulate the skin :)

5. Jasper Cosmetics: P.A.T Supermarket
Address: 675 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario Number: 416 532-2961

6. T&T Supermarket
Address: 715 Central Parkway, West, Mississauga ON Number: 905 848-8113 Address: 7070 Warden Avenue, Markham ON Number: 905 470-8113

At the moment, I am not aware of any store selling The History of Whoo in U.S. However, there are Korean skin care flag shops in California, and when I get updated, I will post the addresses up! Till then, if you ladies have any questions please ask! I hope this helps!!!

~Very elegant design - almost feels like a Spa~

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sunscreen: Charmzone Albatross Powder Sun SPF 41++ Review

Introduction to Charmzone
Charmzone is another great brand in Korea (although my love for Sulwhasoo and The History of Whoo will never be outweighed hehe) - and has been making its way to North America on demand!

Their main concern is not how luxurious their products are, rather producing the highest quality products for their customers. The founder of Charmzone Kwang Seok Kim, a pharmacist from the College of Pharmacy in Sung Kyun Kwan University,  launched Charmzone to meet the needs of women: aging, lack of vitality, glowing skin, or firmness.

"Charmzone only strives to represent Korea in creating the highest quality cosmetics in the world..."

Some of Charmzone's various lines for specific needs include:

Pleasium: Protecting skin from harmful environmental factors. To keep skin firm and youthful, and tighten skin.
Medicell: Helps your skin regain its brightness - while aiding in dullness, dryness, and a lack of resilience.
DeAge: Provides your skin with potent nutrients such as tomato, pomegranate, red wine, and mulberry.
Wrinklear: Softens the skin, while treating deep wrinkles (all vegetable-based) - makes skin very firm and lifted with massaging techniques.
Gingko Natural: All natural plant-based ingredients, with the main ingredient, Gingko Biloba, to help soothe the skin from blemishes and environmental factors that damage the skin.
Hibutan: Keeps skin clean and bight - removing impurities deep within the skin.
Ziahn: Their oriental-medicinal based products - to treat damaged skin and make it look healthy.

Although it is a lower-end brand, compared to Sulwhasoo or The History of Whoo - I still find Charmzone products very effective. They use natural ingredients, however, fragrance is one big problem I find in Korean skin care which shields off the alcohol scent - the scent in these products are lovely, they may be a bit strong for those of you who dislike heavy fragrance in their skin care!

To begin with the Charmzone Albatross Powder Sun review:

Description: Charmzone Albatross Powder Sun SPF 41++ is developed with protecting & repairing system against UV rays as containg the PMMA (SUNPMMA –S: Polymethy Methacrylate) powder with soft and non-oily finish and the ABOMC (patent number: 10-0890428) powder with improved UV rays protection effect UV ray sunscreen. Non-oily look on the skin and keeps the moisture inside the skin. Three-in-1 effect (UV rays blocking, under make-up, enhance skin elasticity).

How to use: Before outdoor leisure activities, evenly smooth over face (avoiding eye area), arms, neck, legs and other areas exposed to sunlight.

Review: You cannot use this product without smelling it! The scent is heavy, and when you put it on, you can smell it from a distance (my friend told me why my face smells nice haha). Regardless of its scent, the texture is like a powdered cream,  a bit thicker than the Seol Whitening Cream which also has a powdered creamy texture. It absorbs right away, leaving NOTHING behind - I hate sunscreens that leave white casts, which we usually see in Western brands, this doesn't!!! This is the ONLY sunscreen, from testing so many, that I purchase over and over again. Although I recommend purchasing a higher spf with '+++' full protection sunscreens, this is great for all year round. As most of you know, sunscreen is a must, even during winter seasons, and during the rain! Yes, you heard me! I cannot STRESS how much it is important to wear sunscreen every morning before you get out (a lower spf 30 will do indoors since UV rays penetrate through windows and walls - who knew? haha). The best thing about this sunscreen is its filters: it does not include any of the nasty oxybenzone, avobenzone, or the 'benzone' filters, rather Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Octinoxate, and Octisalate. I absolutely love this sunscreen - it really helps absorb oil on the skin, keeps skin moist, and leaves your skin looking matte all day long. So for those with oily skin, this is great, for dry skin - you need a rich cream before you apply this sunscreen! I highly recommend this sunscreen because although you don't look much in sunscreen, the plus is that it keeps skin very moist which I love!

Have any of you tried Charmzone products? :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

~Happy New Year~

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Happy New Year my fellow readers! I wish you guys success, good health, and a year with love and great skin!!!! I will be providing more reviews and updates on products during 2011!!! :) Thank you for reading my posts - and hopefully my reviews have helped you guys in any way! XoXo
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Anti-Aging Line: Sulwhasoo Extra Refining vs. The History of Whoo Jinyul Review

**The battle between two large luxury Korean skin care brands: Sulwhasoo's Extra Refining Line and The History of Whoo's Jinyul line - both are natural that use medicinal herbs**

The History of Whoo Jinyul
Jinyulhyang presents the secret of amazing skin anti-aging formula to aged queen in ancient China. Jinyulhyang is the court secret of pure cosmetic resin to protect your skin by supplying the pure resin and giving you back the beauty with 5 thousand years history.

Jinyul Balancer: The Histoy of Whoo Jinyul Balancer is a moisturizing toner that actively restores natural moisture levels to your dry skin. With Asian herbal ingredients, this product works to refine skin texture and promotes a bright, clear complexion.

Jinyul Lotion: Absorbed quickly without leaving any stickness, Jinyul Lotion offers a sense of lasting moisturatation and nourishment as though you have applied an essence to your skin. It restores balance to the skin and provides invigoration for revitalization. Dispense two or three drops on the palm and apply lightly along the texture of the skin.

Potent Ingredients:
~Red Ginseng~

~Red Mushroom~

~Black Tea~

~Bark Root~

~Paeonia Suffruticosa~

~Gardenia Seeds~

~Angelica Gigas~

Sulwhasoo Extra Refining
Sulwhasoo’s Extra Refining Line is a premium Korean herbal medicinal anti-aging line that transcends time to deliver beauty. Complicated problems caused by the loss of energy, such as the loss of liveliness, dull complexion, and lack of nutrition need a more insightful solution. The greatest ingredients and formula created only for the Extra Refining Line will realize the optimal condition where every element of skin is harmonized.

Extra Refining Water: A water delivering luxurious hydration to the deepest layers of the skin. Formulated with Korean medicinal herbs, this water delivers luxurious hydration to the deepest layers of the skin. Red Pine provides deep hydration. Absorbs quickly and leaves the skin soft and smooth.

Extra Refining Emulsion: An emulsion promoting a soft glow while simultaneously refining skin texture. Formulated with Korean Medicinal Herbs, this emulsion promotes a soft glow while simultaneously refining skin texture. Ingredients extracted from Red Pine help recover the skin's natural moisture barrier, giving softness and radiance to the skin. Applies smoothly onto the skin, leaving the skin smooth and soft.

Potent Ingredients:
~Korean Red Pine~

~Angelica Acutiloba~

~Artemisia Vulgaris~

~Cnidium Officinale~

~Paeonia Lactiflora~

~Perilla Ocymoides~

~Lilium Tigrinum~

~Limnanthes Alba Seed~

~Prunus Mume Fruit~





~Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Water~
~Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Emulsion~

*I used each line separately for three months – and had dry skin*

Packaging: The History of Whoo Jinyul’s packaging is very luxurious as it seems so royal, which emphasizes its brand of using recipes from the ancient royal families in China. What I love about The History of Whoo’s packaging is how it is very sanitary – when you close the product, it has a click noise indicating its tightly shut, with no air which carries bacteria and other pollutants to enter into the cream. Another plus is that it comes with a small cap to cover the hole of the product! Sulwhasoo’s Extra Refining packaging has this elegance; this elegance that is very beautiful. Generally, Sulwhasoo’s packaging is somewhat heavy too since they use glass! There is no pump, so it requires you to tilt the product and pour onto your hands, which was not a problem for me – although it is much more convenient for the lotion/emulsion to have a pump.

Texture: Sulwhasoo Extra Refining Water has a watery consistency (pour some onto your palms and apply with patting motion) when applied onto your face, gives your face a glow, and hydrates it immediately! Sulwhasoo’s Extra Refining Emulsion is very light and once again gives immediate hydration – both absorb within seconds! The History of Whoo Jinyul Balancer is a bit richer (even though it is a toner), goes on easily and absorbs right away. The History of Whoo Jinyul Lotion is very rich, but it takes some time to absorb– it leaves a nice glossy look to your skin – I recommend the Jinyul Lotion for those with severe dry skin. The Extra Refining line has a light red, brownish tint, while the Jinyul line has a pale red tint.

Scent: Sulwhasoo’s Extra Refining line has a very strong herbal scent of pine – it’s the same scent when smelling a pine tree, however, very calming to the mind. I really love the scent of Sulwhasoo’s. The History of Whoo’s Jinyul line is the only line that really has a herbal scent (besides the Hwa Hyun Essence – I will review this line after a month). The Jinyul line smells like a mixture of herbs, and flowers, while the Extra Refining line smells like a pine tree – considering it is one of their main ingredients.

Hydration: Both provide excellent hydration!!! You’re face is moisturized for a long duration of time, without having to apply another moisturizer on top of it! For the Jinyul Lotion, I found it a bit rich so it is good for the winter season, and for you dry skin types :)

Result? It’s hard to pick which line is better since both are one of my top high quality products recommended! Although I love The History of Whoo, I have had more success with Sulwhasoo – this brand never disappoints. What I loved about the Extra Refining line is the consistency because although this line is rich, it is still very light, and absorbs very quickly leaving no residue behind which I love in a product! The Jinyul line is very rich – and I understand why since it is made for really dry skin (and women over 40 – but I gave it a try), so I would NOT recommend it for normal or oily skin types of course. The Jinyul Lotion would not absorb right away into the skin, although my skin was dry! The scent of Sulwhasoo’s is much more natural, as with many of their products. After using the Extra Refining line for 3 months, I had radiance and glow from within the skin. My dry skin had become normal, and my skin always felt hydrated – it really treated my skin. It left my skin very smooth and soft, and refined the texture of my skin! The result from the Jinyul line left my skin brightened, immediately tightened and glossy-looking, I could almost compare the look to gloss paper (some of you might want to achieve this look hehe). When you know a product plumps your skin, you know it works for wrinkles – and both did that. I saw results within a week with the Jinyul Line, and a month with the Extra Refining line. Remember when using treatment products, use it for a month and onward to see the FULL results.