AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Review

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A little back story first: I’ve never really gotten into AmorePacific because a) they are expensive, and b) when I was living in Korea I was just never really drawn to the brand. AmorePacific also owns Sulwhasoo, innisfree, Etude House, Laneige, IOPE, HERA, and more. I feel like all of those brands are more popular than AmorePacific but maybe I’m wrong…haha! Anyway, I was browsing Sephora.com wishing I could buy everything when I remembered that they sell AmorePacific, so I decided to see what sorts of things the brand offered. The AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel was one of the items that stood out to me the most, mainly because it had so many great reviews. If you find something with over 500+ 5 star reviews, I think it’s safe to say it’s probably a good product.

The AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is described as “a highly effective, botanical-based brightening exfoliator made without harsh ingredients.” It’s formulated without sulfates, petro-chemicals and phthalates. It’s designed to help brighten, soften, and even your skin tone without harsh chemicals or abrasive micro bead exfoliants. According to Sephora.com, “Natural papaya enzymes work to eliminate dry, dull surface cells and toxins to reveal a soft and smooth complexion. It improves penetration of other treatment products due to removal of dead surface cells.” Good stuff!

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The AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is packaged in a luxe, hard plastic bottle, containing 2.5oz of product. It has a small opening at the top that dispenses an even amount of product each time, but I find that it’s a bit too much to use at once (this shit is expensive so I’m trying to make it last!). To use, turn the bottle upside down to make some of the product filter into the opening, then pour whatever you want in your hand. When storing this product, do not keep it in the shower or anywhere it can get wet. If water gets into the bottle, it turns the product into mush and renders it useless. I’d cry if that happened to me, so I just keep it in the skincare closet thing I have.

It has a very strong fragrance, so if you have allergies to perfumes, you’re probably going to want to steer clear. It smells like a fancy ass perfume…like very literally it smells like a fragrance or body lotion I would wear daily. It definitely doesn’t smell like “skincare” if that makes sense. I don’t really use a lot of products with such a heavy scent, but that being said, it does smell pretty gorgeous and luxurious. Thankfully, once you rinse it off the scent doesn’t linger.

powdershotThe AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is a powder that turns into a foaming cleanser of sorts when you add water. The more water you add, the more foam it creates. Add less water, and it’s more of a paste. I prefer to use less water because the foam can get a little runny and it gets into my eyes. I usually use about 2 or 3 drops of water for an amount of powder shown above. It’s not a cleanser, so this product should be used after cleansing your face as the exfoliating step. Of course, no one is stopping you from using it as a cleanser, but I prefer to have my face as clean as possible before I use it. I massage it into my skin for about a minute to 90 seconds (they recommend 45 seconds but whatever I like to live on the wild side), and rinse with tepid water. Despite it being called an “enzyme peel”, which to me sounds like it’s something super harsh and extreme, it’s incredibly gentle. It feels like any other gentle foaming cleanser would. It doesn’t burn or sting, and it hasn’t caused any irritations whatsoever for me.

foamamorepacificThe above photo is a very minimal amount of product and water. I just wanted to show you what it turns in to. It definitely gets more foamy than this!

The first time I used the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, there was a noticeable difference as soon as I rinsed my face. My skin felt incredibly soft and smooth, so much so that I couldn’t stop touching my face as I was rinsing the product off. After a few days of continual use, there was a visible difference. I noticed my skin was brighter, and any small whiteheads that I had disappeared. I can honestly say that it 1000% definitely works and I’m sort of obsessed with it. My makeup applies like a dream! I just feel like overall this product has been a real game changer for me and my struggle with acne since moving to Vietnam. As it stands right now, I haven’t had a single pimple in well over a month, which is a HUGE feat.

And as a die-hard member of the Church of Clarisonic, I didn’t think I’d find another exfoliator that could work as well, and this one DEFINITELY does. I mostly use my Clarisonic to get the rest of my makeup off at night with a foaming cleanser, and use the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel every other morning to help my skin retain its glow. It’s gentle, it’s effective, and honestly, there isn’t much more I could ask for in a product. Bonus points for it being a powder, which makes it easy to travel with as well!

Now…there is a negative. It’s fucking expensive. It’s available on Sephora.com for $60, and on w2beauty.com (where I ordered from) for $67.69. I’m sure that there has to be a product out there that is similar and does the same thing, BUT. But. I do think it’s worth it. Judging by how often you use it and the amount of product you use, you could very easily have a bottle last for at least a year. Another option is to order sample sizes from ebay or just go into a Sephora (if you’re in the U.S.) to try it out before spending the big bucks. Would I repurchase? Yes, yes and more yes.

What is your favorite exfoliator? Let me know in the comments!

Shara Shara Honey Bomb All-in-One Ampoule

sharasharahoneybombHi my lovelies! Sorry for the long delay in posts. I have good and bad news. Good news, I got a new great job! Bad news is that I’ve been super overwhelmed this past week trying to juggle 2 jobs, Glamtrotting, the blog, and I also just started private tutoring. So yeah..I’m busy. But I’m trying to work on scheduling my life since that’s something I’m awful at. I’m more of a ‘figure it out as I go along’ kind of person, but that isn’t really working out. Scheduling will be where it’s at from now on.

Anyway, today I’m reviewing the super lovely Shara Shara Honey Bomb All-in-One Ampoule. The ladies at Glow Recipe sent this over in a package with the LJH Tea Tree Serum and this definitely was the product that I was the most interested in. I started using it while I was back in the US, but thought the real test would be how it would hold up in Vietnam, so I started using it consistently about 4 weeks ago.

closeupsharasharaThe Shara Shara Honey Bomb All-in-One Ampoule is a multi-tasking product that can replace your toner, serum, and moisturizer. It’s fortified with Manuka honey, Royal Jelly and Propolis Extract, and contains other awesome ingredients like bamboo extract and sea buckthorn berry extract. It’s free of parabens, synthetic fragrances and dyes, and mineral oil.

A complete list of ingredients: 

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Diglycerin, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Piper Methysticum, Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Honey Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Hamamelis Virginiana Flower Water, Soluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch, Hydrolysate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Disodium Edta, Caramel, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pvm/Ma Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Folic Acid, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Raffinose

It’s designed for all skin types, though I think if you have dry skin, you may have to use a moisturizer with this product as well. If you have normal to oily skin, this would be a perfect product for you. I am in LOVE!

It’s packaged in a huge amber colored plastic jar that contains a whopping 250ml of product. The jar is huge, and I’m personally challenging myself to finish the entire thing because that would be an amazing feat. The product is slightly honey colored and faintly smells of honey. It also comes with a spatula that you’ll definitely want to keep handy with such a huge jar of product. There’s no way I’m dipping my hands into it all the time!

productinjarsharaThe texture is one of my favorite things about the Shara Shara Honey Bomb. It’s a very lightweight, slightly runny gel. It’s not sticky at all, and applies like a dream. It doesn’t leave my skin oily or shiny, and hydrates without the heaviness. If you live in a hot, tropical climate like me, this may be a go-to product for you.

swatchsharaLike I mentioned earlier, I’ve been busy. I haven’t had time in the mornings to go through a complete morning routine, so I’ve been washing my face, using the Missha First Treatment Essence, then slapping this on. You only need a small dime sized amount of product to cover your entire face. It’s soothing, hydrating, and feels great on the skin. Plus, since it absorbs quickly, I can move on to my sunscreen and makeup in a snap. Afterwards, my skin is bright, glow-y, and smooth. You can also use it as a nighttime sleep mask, but I haven’t used it that way yet. I may try that tonight!

I think my favorite thing about this product by far is that it’s a true multi-tasking ampoule. If you’re a traveler, this would be an amazing product to decant and take with you on trips. One of my biggest problems is trying to decide what to bring on trips and not having enough space for all of my products, but this ampoule completely eliminates that problem. I’d feel 100% comfortable just bringing this product and a cleanser on a trip.

You can find the Shara Shara Honey Bomb All-in-One Ampoule at Glow Recipe for $40. It’s a bit pricey, yes, plus the sheer size of the product ensures you get more than your money’s worth. If you use my link here, you can receive $5 off your first order.

Disclosure: A sample product was gifted from Glow Recipe. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own. 

 

Life in Vietnam – iPhone Edition

I don’t share nearly enough photos of my life in Vietnam on the blog. Now that I have a fancy-pants new iPhone 6, I take pictures constantly, but I don’t want to flood Instagram. I’ve decided to start a little photo series here each week where I can share with you what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been eating, all the good stuff.

This week, I discovered a new cafe/restaurant in Phu My Hung called Eden Cafe. They have a delicious brunch and excellent coffee. They even have a mini library of English books that you can read while you’re there!

brunchateden2 tiles dinnerswithfriendstaco night with friends in D2

pretetflowers notredame operahouse babaskitchenYummy Indian food at Baba’s Kitchen down Bui Vien

saigonstreets apartmentliving beerclub prembistroLunch date at Prem Vegetarian Bistro

buddha saigonviews brunchatedenBrunch at Eden Cafe

valentinesday2Valentine’s Day Dinner at Cobalt Restaurant

lusine notredamesaigon 40years notredameflowers sherylljohnnysaigon quanututThe BEST pulled pork sandwiches at Quan Ut Ut

favoritecafeMy favorite Korean coffee shop in Phu My Hung

fruitsandveg afternoonlight pinkcatholicchurch refineryLate night drinks at The Refinery

I love sharing my photos, so let me know if you like this sort of thing!

xoxo

Current Morning Skincare Routine

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My current morning skincare routine features a lot of new products I’m testing out, so I don’t have full reviews ready, but I just wanted to show you what I’m using now!

In the morning, I start off by washing my face with the Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Foam. It’s nice, but ridiculously expensive. I wanted to try it since it’s one of the less expensive options from Amore Pacific, and I’ve never tried anything from the brand. I’m not sure that the cost is worth it, but for now, I’m quite enjoying it. It doesn’t strip my skin, smells AMAZING, and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.

Some days, after I wash my face, I like to use the Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel, which is 100000% totally worth the high price tag. It’s a gentle, yet highly effective botanical based exfoliator that helps brighten and even your skin without harsh chemicals. After seeing that it has 549 five-star reviews on Sephora, I just had to see what the hype is. And girl it is worth the hype. It’s SO GOOD. Expect a full review soon.

After I cleanse and exfoliate, I use my Innisfree Rose Clear toner (not pictured), followed by the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. Again, I’ve only been using this for about 2 weeks now, so I can’t make an accurate review, but I’m pretty sure this paired with the Biologique Recherché p50 lotion I use at night has literally transformed my skin. I do not have a single spot of acne on my face right now, which hasn’t happened since I left Korea almost a year ago. I put it on a cotton pad (applying it directly with my hands was causing them to peel), and wait about 5 minutes or so before I move on to the rest of my routine. My skin has actually been a little dry after using this, so I think I’m going to cut back to every other day. But it works!

After the Paula’s Choice Liquid Exfoliant, I use the HERA Cell Essence Cell-Bio Fluid Sync. HERA is another luxury Korean beauty brand I had yet to try, so I wanted to give some of their products a whirl. The Cell-Bio Fluid Sync is supposed to “fill your skin with the energy it needs everyday for restoration into clear and revitalized skin”, whatever that means.  I haven’t been using this long enough to say anything specific about it, but it’s really hydrating and feels nice on my skin. I’m definitely going to do a full review in about another 3 weeks, so be on the lookout!

I then use the C20 Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum, followed by the LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence, and finally the su:m37 Water-full Rebalancing Gel Lotion. I’m desperately trying to finish the bottle, so I’ve been using it everyday so I can move on to another daytime emulsion.

I can’t wait until I can get a better grasp on some of the newer products I’m testing out so I can write some reviews. What have you been trying out lately? Let me know in the comments!

LeeJiHam (LJH) Tea Tree 90 Essence Review

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For all of those who’ve asked me, “What brands are great for natural Korean cosmetics?” or “Where can I find natural Korean cosmetics?”, your questions can finally be answered at Glow Recipe. Sarah and Christine, the founders of Glow Recipe have created an awesome site for natural, harsh-free Korean beauty products. When they contacted me to test out some of their products, I obviously couldn’t resist!

One of the standout products I received from Glow Recipe was the LeeJiHam Tea Tree 90 Essence. When I came back from my trip to the US, my skin was a disaster. I was battling a major hormonal breakout, on top of my skin being stressed in general from changing climates and the long haul flight. As I was unpacking my bags, I remembered that I had the Tea Tree 90 Essence and decided to check out the reviews. Every review I read praised how amazing it was at healing acne, so I decided to give it a whirl. And trust, It’s just as great as everyone says.

I’ll be the first to say that tea tree in any form was never a favorite ingredient for me. When I was battling my major adult acne, I tried many tea tree products, and they never worked. I hate the smell, and it would always irritate my skin. Thankfully, this essence nourishing, calming, and effective. It contains 90% tea tree extract, and is free of parabens, mineral oil, silicones, colorants, alcohol, fragrance and water. If you’re interested in the full ingredient list, you can find it over on Glow Recipe.

The LeeJiHam Tea Tree 90 Essence is packaged in a small bottle with a dropper top. It contains 50ml of product. I love that this product has a dropper, as it makes it easy to not use too much. It has a very light and watery texture, and thankfully is 100000% scent free. If you have sensitive, acne prone skin, I feel like this could be a game changer for you.

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I use this essence during my morning and nighttime routine. I apply it after cleansing and toning. I squeeze 2 to 3 drops in the palms of my hands and gently press and massage the essence into my skin. One of my favorite things about this essence is that it’s incredibly moisturizing. A lot of acne treatments dry out your skin, but this one is super soothing and hydrating. It absorbs almost immediately and doesn’t leave behind any stickiness.

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Above is a makeup free, unedited selfie. In just 30 days of continued use both morning and evening, a majority of my acne has been healed. I’m still left with a lot of scarring, so I wouldn’t really say that this essence is a brightener, but as far as healing acne, it’s a hell of a product. I’d say that I could see a visible difference in about a week, and I have only had a few pimples here and there since then (mostly due to over indulging in too many rum and cokes one night).

You can purchase the LeeJiHam Tea Tree 90 Essence from Glow Recipe for $45.00. If you use my referral code, available here, you’ll receive $5 off your first purchase!

Disclosure: A sample product was gifted from Glow Recipe. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own. 

 

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