Showing posts with label lotion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lotion. Show all posts

Wednesday, 1 February 2017


Hi ferments lover XD,

I am trying to put up all the reviews for Kiku masamune products individually instead in one giant posts so here is the review on the lesser known products of Kiku masamune.

Here is a review on the Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion which is a hydrating toner.  This  is the lesser known compare to the Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion(high moist) because there is no rave on it.

Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion
Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion

Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion
Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion

Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion
Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion
Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion
Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion

Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion comes in a giant bottle of 500ml for about USD12 which is really affordable considering that it has sake filtrate in it.  The ingredients are shorter compare to the high moist one and it does have alchohol denat and added another paraben in it. It doesn't have malititol, methyl gluceth-10, hydroxyethylcellulose, phenoxyethanol, hydrogenated castor oil and no ceramide in it. The reason for the less moisturising effect.

The lotion comes out watery and it has the same signature smells of sake.  It get absorbs into the skin or evaporated into the air really fast as well compare to the high moist one without leaving any traces.  I think this is good for someone that hates feeling anything on the face for more that a few seconds.  It isn't as hydrating as the high moist one but it does have the silky feeling when I touch my skin with my hands.

Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion also has the same irritating pump which just spray out in any direction it wants.  It is affordable cheap toner that works great as mist for setting makeup, spray into oily hair and cooling mist in the hot weather.  Personally it will works great for someone with oily skin type in high humidity places.

Overall, Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion is more for oily skin type, during summer, high humidity that cause problems for products to absorb, hates waiting for products to absorb into the skin, no problem with ferments and animal ingredient in it.

As for preference, Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion and Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion(high moist) are both toners that I like to use depending on the weather and my skin condition.

*contains horse placenta . (a reader said no horse is harm for the placenta)


Product retails for

Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion 500ml, RM42.90.  It is available in Aeon Welness Midvalley or in Sunway Pyramid and Sasa. available in Amazon.

For more information, please visit official Kikumasamune website. Product is sent for my consideration. However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015


Do you love a free website that you can redeem beauty products from writing reviews?  We finally have one in Malaysia now after waiting for so many years!  You can check my review HERE

NEWS: THE LAUNCH OF A FREE BEAUTY SAMPLES WEBSITE MUFFIN.MY is officially launched! Introducing you, the first unbiased beauty review community in Malaysia, where we encourage members to share their beauty

experiences by writing reviews and earn points. From the points that they earned, they can redeem beauty products from our redemption catalog. Having more than 500 brands and 23,000 products in product library, connects beauty users with brands and products.

The Founder

The founder of, Ms Florence Chee shared h er story of the start up of the beauty community website. “Back in 2011, I was pursuing my professional degree in Manchester United. I was searching for beauty product review online and I found there was great information and reviews being shared in one of the top beauty review websites in the states, but I couldn’t find such website back in Malaysia. This is where I want to set up a one stop beauty review community in Malaysia,” she explained.

With a team of energetic and motivated staff (1 founder, 1 developer, 1 designer, 2 web administrator, & 1 PR manager), Florence tends to hand out to those who are in passion in beauty, skincare, and makeup products, to meet all their honest reviews on the products they are using. Florence described as a similar version of TripAdvisor website, but with more interactive elements. “We ensure all reviews are genuine and unbiased to ensure quality inspections,” explained Florence. After working in a web consulting firm for a year, she realized that working life isn’t her real goal. “Just as what Steve Jobs quoted “the only way to do great work is to love what you do”. I want to make my dream come true, and my dream is to create the largest beauty review

community.” “A lot of people asked me why use ‘muffin’ word for my website. I wanted to create a simple name where people will remember the websiteeasily. The word ‘muffin’ just popped out in my mind and the next day, I tried to register the domain, and volla, it is valid! So immediately, I registered my website . However, many people thought that we are selling muffins!” laughed Florence. With 6 years of experience in internet retailing and marketing, Florence hopes that will reach

100,000 members in 1 year time. Currently, 92% of our members are women; with most of them are 19-29 years old.

Skin care was one of the most dynamic categories in Malaysian beauty and personal care, and with RM1.6 billion being spent annually by Malaysia, the vision to be one of the largest


Future Plan

Our next step is to create a mobile-friendly app version, to allow people access to our website easily at anytime, anywhere. Our future plan is to create beauty forum, help beauty merchants to conduct online surveys or marketing research, mystery shoppers and who knows? Maybe we will sell beauty products in the future!

Press release. For more information, please visit Muffin website.  You can find them at Muffin Instagram

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Monday, 17 November 2014


Lapurete is an Australian natural cosmeceutical skincare brand which makes specialty products targeted towards signs of aging, which are clinically proven to produce superior anti-aging results.

It is a pioneer in the emerging global trend of natural cosmeceutical, a field where scientists are increasingly discovering the amazing power of Mother Nature to provide the answers to some of our toughest anti-aging dilemmas.

Lapurete products contain no toxic ingredients, and are packed with clinically proven, natural active ingredients that target all signs of aging including wrinkles, expression lines, sagging skin, age spots, dry skin, eye bags, dark circles, enlarged pores and UVA damage.

Key characteristics of Lapurete:

• Highly concentrated anti-ageing Cosmeceutical style ingredients to target the signs of ageing skin • Clinically proven natural anti-ageing ingredients to delivery visible results within a number of weeks • High quality, natural, effective skincare ingredients for younger, healthier, beautiful looking skin • Targeted natural ingredients for low irritancy to maximize benefits on the skin • Include rich nourishing ingredients to make your skin feel refreshed and younger • Lapurete harnesses the anti-ageing fighting benefits of clinically proven unique natural ingredients to deliver - Natural Cosmeceutical

The Lapurete ethos is that you don't need to put harmful chemicals onto or into your skin when you can get the same anti-ageing benefits with amazing natural ingredients.

There are two different product ranges under Lapurete:

1. The Okuru range - designed to tackle and reverse the more advanced signs of aging, for users aged 30+ and above;

2. The Wakame range – designed to tackle the first signs of aging, for users aged 20+ and early 30s.


Lapurete Okuru Range

Lapurete is the world’s first range of anti-wrinkle products containing a natural Botox alternative, Okuru. Okuru is a plant native to a remote part of Western Africa, where locals have been using it for centuries for its high nutritional food value and skin benefits.

A few years ago French scientists set out to investigate the secret behind the local inhabitants’ flawless skin and discovered that Okuru contains a combination of peptides that minimise wrinkles in a similar way to Botox, but are natural, safe and can be applied topically without the need for invasive injections.

Professor Barrie Finnin, former Chair of Formulation Science at Monash University, decided to test this theory in an attempt to prove it didn’t work. Instead, what he found was astounding. “We independently performed clinical testing of Okuru, Lapurete’s hero ingredient, and found that the appearance of wrinkles was reduced by up to 39.8% in 3 weeks,” said Professor Finnin. “These results are impressive! I believe that the Lapurete range is a great option for women who do not want to resort to cosmetic surgery procedures,” he said.

The Okuru peptide is the key active ingredient in the Lapurete Okuru anti-aging range. The range offers modern women a convenient, inexpensive, natural but most effective 3-step anti-aging skincare system that can fit effortlessly into their daily routines:

• Step 1 – Mild Creme Facial Cleanser: The exotic and luxurious Mild Creme Facial Cleanser removes dirt and impurities, whisks away facial and eye make-up and tones the skin. The cleanser contains Okuru and passionflower which has been used by the indigenous people of the Amazon for centuries for treating skin conditions, enhancing relaxation and as an aphrodisiac!

 • Step 2 – Revitalising Eye Creme: Okuru targets expression lines such as crow’s feet while a powerful combination of peptides from sweet pea, soy and rice bran and yeast proteins combine to drastically reduce the appearance of dark circles and eye bags, providing a unique all-round effective eye treatment. 

• Step 3 (Day) – Protective Day Creme: A combination of peptides from sweet pea dramatically increases skin firmness and elasticity while Okuru works powerfully to minimize the appearance of expression lines. 

• Step 3 (Night) – Revitalising Night Creme: An extract from the Resurrection Plant drenches the skin with intense moisturization to combat the harsh ageing effects of dry skin. This amazing extract has been clinically proven to provide up to 24 hour moisturization and has been shown to provide powerful anti-oxidant properties enhancing the skin’s ability to combat environmental damage.

In addition, Lapurete offers a highly concentrated Okuru Double Intensity serum for those who demand more intensive and faster results.

Clinically tested and proven results of the Okuru range:

 Reduce the appearance of wrinkles such as crow’s feet by 39.8% after 3 weeks

 Increase the appearance of skin elasticity by 35% after 6 weeks

 Reduce the appearance of dark circles by 32% in 4 weeks

 Reduce the appearance of eye puffiness by 25% in 4 weeks


Lapurete Wakame Range

One of the main causes of skin aging is the breakdown of collagen and elastin from environmental exposure such as UVA radiation. This results in the appearance of the first signs of ageing with the formation of wrinkles and uneven skin tone.

The Wakame range is designed to cater for younger users who are experiencing the first signs of aging, but are looking for products that are effective, but are lighter and less oily than the typical anti-aging products.

Japanese women are renowned for their radiant, youthful skin which is attributed to their high consumption of Wakame seaweed, known as the “beauty preserver”.

Wakame (the key ingredient of this range) is a type of seaweed which is known for their ability to survive in their harsh environment by producing a powerful substance called fucoidan. They are full of antioxidants like Zinc, Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Omega 3 essential fatty acids, and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B12 and C.

The Wakame range is packed with clinically proven, naturally derived, marine based active ingredients that protect the skin and repair the first signs of aging. Apart from Wakame extract, two of the other powerful marine active ingredients include Thermus Thermophilus Ferment Extract and Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract.

Thermus Thermophilus is a marine bacterium that is a super-antioxidant that protects the skin against UV and environmental attacks, whilst Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract is a marine bacteria peptide found in the Antarctica known for its proven power to regenerate and protect the skin by retaining moisture and water, heal wounds, increase collagen and elastin production, and improve hydration.

There are only 3 daily skincare products in the Wakame range, making it an extremely simple and user friendly 3-step skincare system for the active younger generation:

Step 1 – Hydrating Foam Cleanser & Toner – This self-foaming cleanser removes dirt and impurities, whisks away facial and eye make-up, while hydrating and toning the skin.

Step 2 – Multi Active Eye Repair - Multi action reduces the appearance of wrinkles, eye bags and dark circles.

Step 3 – Protect & Repair Lotion – This super light lotion protects the skin from UVA damage, dryness, irritation, evens up skin tone and reduces the appearance of the first signs of ageing. Clinically tested and proven results of the Wakame range:

Reduces The Appearance Of:

 Wrinkles by 13% in 4 weeks

 Dark Circles by 32% in 4 weeks

 Eye puffiness by 25% in 4 weeks

Improves The Appearance Of:

 Skin smoothness by 14% in 4 weeks

 Skin elasticity by 21% in 4 weeks

Lapurete Okuru and Wakame ranges of products are available at all TNS Skin Lab outlets nationwide or through their online shop TNS Skin Lab.  One can also buy from HiShop

Press release.  Photos are by TNS Skin Lab
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014


Mary Cohr Light Moisturizing Cream





The box- ingredients list.




This care cream diffuses hydrating plant active ingredients in the skin, holding water in the skin and giving dehydrated skin back its radiance and beauty.

The skin is well hydrated and protected, it feels completely comfortable again and the wrinkles caused by dehydration are plumped.

Aloe Vera Extracts : Nourish, hydrate, facilitate cell regeneration and soften the skin.
Jojoba Oil : Nourishes the skin and reinforces its hydrolipidic film.

USE : Apply daily, morning and evening, to the whole of the face.

there is the Mary Cohr cover on the glass jar

very opaque light cream
 There is no spatula provided so I suggest you to have one and not dip your fingers in it to avoid contamination.

Mary Cohr light moisturising cream after applying immediately


The jar is actually quiet heavy since it is made of glass.  So if you are bringing it for travelling, I suggest that you transfer it to the smaller glass jar for lighter travelling.

The cream is opaque white and turn transparent after applying on the skin leaving a light sheen on the skin.
I love the smell of the cream. It is light and surely not overpowering.  The smell lasted for few hours after applying so don't worry even if you do not really like the smell.

It is certainly is light and not too heavy on my skin so I use it during the day when I need something extra to help hydrate the skin.  It doesn't leave a greasy feeling so I sure do like it.  It moisturises the skin and doesn't cause breakout so I use this during the day.  No SPF so you could use this at night too.=)

Mary Cohr Light Moisturizing Cream retails at RM158.  Made in France.
For more information, please visit official website Mary Cohr. However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always.
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014


"I love my skin"


Yes, most of us will love our skin only when it is nice and most of the time it is acting like an emotional teenager.  I tend to neglect my skin when it was nice but now I am  a skincare junkie and I love skincare products more than makeup because I think having a good skin is better than 'hiding' it under a thick layer of makeup.  I have very low self image when my skin is bad  although I know everyone is not looking at me but I still do feel down.  I usually wear very little makeup because I am lazy and I like to just go out with my bare skin if I'm in a hurry.

I use up skincare products faster than makeup.  My skincare products may change but the routine goes about the same or maybe a few tweak here and then.  All I can say having a good skin is not a walk in the park since I have troublesome skin.  Well, everything comes with a price.  If you are hardworking, then it will show in long run.

I have a few skincare routine depending on the condition of my skin.  Most of the time especially when I am travelling, my skin tend to get super dry because I couldn't carry out my normal skincare maintenance.  I am a light traveller and so do not carry many skincare products that I usually use.  I usually bring only cleanser and moisturiser with me which is actually not enough for me at night. XP

Sorry, not naming all the skincare products as the skincare products is too long and besides, I change some of the skincare products one at a time.  There is a few long time favourite but I just could not be loyal to only one  masks, serum and essence.  I know most people would run over to the dermatologist for whatever small reasons but since the place I am staying is inconvenient, I have to care for it myself.  Most of the skincare products are of mixture and not just from one particular brand.  These products can be found in Malaysia either in drugstores, Sasa, local pharmancies or shops.  I bought some online but not everything since I do like the feeling of browsing and choosing the products myself =).

Normal maintenance for morning
toner (optional) sometimes I use and most of the time, I just skip it.
moisturiser (currently Kiehls)

normal maintenance at night
makeup remover (If I wear makeup&physical type of sunblock)
moisturiser (loving the Kahina argan oil)

Pampering session (alternative)
pore pack/scrub
clay mask/mud mask
serum/essence/ampoule (don't have favourite yet) (optional)
sheet mask- I have many (optional)
sleeping mask (no favourite yet) (had tried many in the past including few famous ones)

Trouble skin care
mandelic essence/Clindamycin/sulfur/differin (make sure the skin is dry before applying the acne 'medicine' on face)
moisturiser at the area not affected (I alternate these products to be effective)
beauty oil (love beauty oil)
sunblock(day time only)  I use La Roche Posay and Biore

I usually don't use this trouble skin care for a long term since they might turn ineffective later.  I also usually alternate the clindamycin, sulfur and differin and make sure I don't use all of them on the same time.  Trust me, nothing good comes from using too many of acne prone products at the face at the same time.  It will only results in red inflamed skin that will need weeks and months to heal.

What I noticed is that most with acne prone skin tend to change their whole skincare products to those wrong ones.  Many are unsure of their skin type and thus tend to use the wrong products which cause more pimples to pop up later.  Acne prone skin doesn't need tons of skincare products but they need a very good light sunblock, some acne products and some detox to help with it.

Please do not ignore the pimples popping out as it usually indicate something is wrong with the way you take care of your skin, lifestyle or your hormones (Number.1 havoc for acne).  I do detox my skin once in a week by drinking herbal tea such as Trudox, Japanese green tea or some herbal tea.

The products here is just recommendation and I do not earn any money from them.  The opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always.
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Tuesday, 1 July 2014


Photos are from  Mary Cohr

Malaysian will be able to enjoy the extensive range of Mary Cohr products in exclusive salons by Mary Chor Malaysia, the appointed partner of Mary Cohr France.

During the Pietro Restorante Italiano exlusive luncheon with Ms. Emeline Leduc, Mary Cohr's International Distributor Director featured the upcoming plans of Mary Chor Malaysia to provide world class training sessions.  One of Mary Cohr's key products is Vital Essence, was introduced during the session.

Ms. Wendy Woo, Chief Executive Officer of Mary Cohr Malaysia shared that "Mary Chor has been in the global market for more than 30 years with many success stories.  Here, in Malaysia they will be importing more products ranges that will suit Asian skin. Products will be within the means of middle income consumers."

The products available in Mary Cohr Malaysia include but not limited to:
1) Vital Essences- Revolution of beauty salon market, thanks to a patented process known as hydrogelification, revolutionised the application of Essentiona Oils.

2) New Youth- A complete anti-aging product, formulated from the cellular life concentrate.
3) Pure Environment- Hydra oxgenating cream which replenishes actions in one single step.  Thanks to Dermo Sculting.
4) Age Sign's Repair- The intensive Cellular Cure with 60 cellular activities.
5) SWhite-Range of Lightening to diminish pigmentation and boost skin brightening action.
6) Night Slimlook-It refines plump cheeks, adds shape to the cheek area, slim down the chin and firms facial contours.
7) Hydromose-Cellular Moisturisation Serum-Revitalises dehydrated skin using cellular moisturisation through "Osmosis" and smoothes dehydration lines and leaves the skin looking supple and luminous.
8) Perfect Gel Cleanser- This astounding gel perfectly cleanses and removes makeup from the skin.  When massaged into the skin, it transforms into oil and then an emulsion upon contact with water.
9) Nourishment- A complete beauty care for Dry Skin to recover comfort and radiance.
10) Epil Smart& Stick Hair- Comfortable&perfect hair removal method with lasting results.

For more information, please visit official website Mary Cohr.  However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always.
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Saturday, 12 April 2014






NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST GEL SPF30 PA++ is to complement the existing Hydro Boost series features innovative 12hour progressive release system that releases moisturise to dry skin cells throughout the day.  Its refreshing gel formula with purified Hyaluronic Acid and Olive extract for a hydrated, luminous and bouncy skin.  It replenishes and retains water all the night.

Al right, I only tried the 5ml samples that I have and 5ml finishes fast with this kind of humid weather we have here. It has been few months since it last rained and it is already 40 Celsius here.  Yes, it is very hot here.  I think SPF 30 is not enough for such hot weather unless you stay indoor all the time.  The gel texture is quite light and not greasy.  I find the gel smell something like typical body shampoo or soap.

The gel contains dimethicone and glycerin for skin hydration.  I find that the gel does absorb well into my skin leaving my skin quite soft to the touch.  My skin is smooth and there is a dewy look.The moisturiser lasted few hours before I sweating too much and my skin become too oily after few hours to really test it out. It is 40 Celsius here X(  ! I think this suits people with normal skin to dry skin and for one who like dimethicone.


Now for the giveaway,

1) Like Neutrogena FB page 2) Comment at the session with the pledge, "Beautiful skin starts with healthy skin so I, _________ (your name), pledge to..."
Name one ingredients contains in Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF30 PA++  .
I have five samples of 5ml to giveaway.
Open to those residing in Malaysia.
Like my facebook or be a follower

Updated on 25/4/2014: Sorry being so late.  I already email or fb the winners for addresses.  Thanks for being supportive of my giveaway.

Products retails at RM66.50 for 40ml .Made in Korea.  Samples are sponsored by Neutrogena Malaysia.  However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always.
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Friday, 28 February 2014


Got this moisturiser because the sales girl at guardian show me this when I was looking for moisturiser.




Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Cetearyl alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Caprylic/ capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed oil, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit oil, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethylhexyglycerine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Sodium hydroxide.


There was a time when my skin's hurt because I hurt it.  I couldn't use my normal moisturiser because everything sting.  Even cleanser sting and I have to use water on my face.  The only moisturiser I could use is Cetaphil but then I decided to buy this because this is cheaper .  Besides, I saw that this doesn't contain anything that might trigger my 'angry' skin and well if it doesn't work at least I can use it on my legs again.  My legs is always receiving end of anything but I don't know why it is still dry.

Overall, it does help with the moisture but I have to keep applying every  four hours if you have really dry skin as this is not moisturising enough.  The other range contains mineral oil so that is why decided to buy this instead.  I don't want to anger my already 'angry' skin.

There is no fragrance, colouring or other ingredients that might trigger your skin sensitivity  and the cheap price too so this is quite good.  It does sink it fast or perhaps my skin was too dry that it absorb everything immediately.  My skin is in a phase of transition now which surprised me.  Yes, one can also break out even with dry and ageing skin.  So, do preventive measure before that.

Overall, if your skin is in sensitive phase or after some peeling procedure you could use this moisturiser.  This is not suitable for dry skin or ageing skin as it sink in too fast and the moisturise effect only lasted at most four hours before you start seeing the dry patches or flakes again.

Products retails at RM14.90 for 75ml.  Made in Australia
For more information, please visit Rosken official website. Product is not sponsored.  However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always.

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Tuesday, 3 September 2013


the differences between essence, serum, lotion, ampoule, emulsion, gel, toner, booster, cream and floral water

10 years ago, skincare products were much simpler. I only have cleanser, toner and also moisturizer which people called cream. The extra products that I have would be sunblock I guess. Fast forward ten years and we have so many products out there in the market until I can’t even differentiate what is essence, serum , lotion, cream and even booster! One day I was looking at my aunt skincare products and asked her what is the differences between essence and cream but I didn't get the exact answer that I want! Some would just tell me to put it after toner or something. I got confused with so many things to put and I usually use mixture of brands and products.  I was so lost with all these skincare products terms.

So, today I am just going to share the meaning of those products in layman term.  Hopefully, it will be of help to you =).  Here is another newer pictorial form for better understanding.

Okay, let’s start with the most difficult one

Okay, this is as the name suggested they are actually toner. While products in western countries are known as toner,

Korean name their toner as Mist/toner/ Skin Refiner/ Skin balancer/ Skin hydrator/lotion/skin/water .
 For examples,

Swanicoco A.C control care skin toner
By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water
THEFACESHOP Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Toner
Laneige Skin Refiner
COSRX AHA / BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
Klairs supple preparation facial toner
Primera Organience Water
COSRX Centella Water Alcohol Free Toner

Japanese on the other hand name their toner lotion or softener.
For example, Kose Sekkisei lotionKiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion(high moist) , Kiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion and Shiseido softener.

Taiwanese just name their toner as toner to lessen the confusion but their products work like Japanese and Korean lotion. Shills Miracle Lift 3d Firming Gel Toner. & White Formula Super Moist Light Toner with Hyaluronic Acid

Western toner is so much easier to understand. It will always end with the word toner. For examples Biotherm micro exfoliating purifying toner. and Dr.Lewinn' Purifying Toner

Basically, all the texture in this categories are watery just like water.  Those hydrating ones can be just sprayed on the face. Most Japanese lotion can be use on compressed mask sheets and used as sheet masks.

Western toners are usually those clarifying one where you will use the cotton pad to swipe across the face.  It can't be use as mask !

Western and Asian toner are not the same although it is usually use after cleaning (There is some certain products that the toner or lotion are used as 3rd products because of adding booster) .

There is a difference between how western and Asian toner are used.  Do not assume that Asian lotion and Western toner are the same.

Mist- Mist are actually water that contains cooling properties and much like very light moisturiser.  How fine the mist comes out depend on the nozzle.  It is mostly in bottle.  Koreans or Asian usually carry this to just spray on the face when it is hot or they feel dry without touching our face.  It is most use in summer.

Melvita Organic Beauty Mist
Always21 Soothing&Refresh Aloe Vera 95% Mist
First Cosmetic Mulbit Medist (vitamin Mist)

Updated on 3/10/2014:  Now there is even western toner written as lotion so do be careful and check the description before using them.


Ampoule also contains high concentration of ingredients target for specific purpose. They are more expensive than serum. This is because ampoule contains the lightest texture, penetrate into the skin faster and provide the fastest results within a short time. Normally, hydrating or makeup ampoules are use by the makeup artist for a bridal wedding to make the makeup last long. There are also many types of ampoules and they are generally in form of vial to avoid the highly reactive ingredients get oxidized by the air.  So, it also penetrate very fast.
For examples:
Max Clinic Deep and Deeper Meso Change ampoule
La belle acnex ampoule

Serum contain higher concentration of ingredients than essence.  It also target specific skin concern. Therefore they are more expensive than essence. Serums also contain thicker texture than essence. There are many types of serum ranging from anti-aging capsules serum, pore tightening serum and brightening serum.  There are oil based and water based serum.

Example of water based serum.  Some has higher water texture in them.
iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum
I'M FROM Ginseng Serum
Antipodes Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum
C20(OST) Pure vitamin 21.5 advanced serum
clarins multi active skin renewal serum
Klairs rich moisture soothing serum 
Neulii Teatree BHA blemish control serum

Oil based serum are in oil form because they contain very UV ingredients such as Vitamin C or retinol and effect might disappeared if put in water.  There is also water based serum which works well too.
Example of oil based serum:
Seven wonders moroccan argan oil serum

There are also serum that is in form of BHA, AHA which is supposed to be treated as 'actives' since they have low PH like this  Neulii teatree BHA blemish control serum and Swiss Line Cell Shock Age Intelligence Perfect Skin

Essence contains concentrate of ingredients for specific purposes. It is the least concentrate among ampoule and serum.

For example, whitening essence to brighten the face, pore control essence to control the pore and skin repairing essence.  Essence are generally watery and light so don't mistake it with toner. Some are called treatment water but it is actually essence.

For examples,
Manyo Factory Galactomyces Niacin
Melvita brightening essence
Hansaeng Cosmetics RIN Bi-gyeol Soo Essence
Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence ,
 Neesya illuminating essence 
SKII facial treatment essence.

There are some essence that is oil based such as Shills Mandelic Acid essence  because it contains mandelic acid which is a form of AHA.

The level of concentrate ingredients from the highest one would be ampoule > serum> essence .
The level of texture from the lightest one would be essence > ampoule  > serum

You could check this post Here to know if you need essence or serum.



Okay, Korean lotion is actually their light moisturizer. Example COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap)
Japanese lotion means it is toner. Example of Japanese lotion would be the Kose Sekkisei Lotion , Kikumasamune sake high moist lotionKiku masamune Japanese Sake Brewing Skin care Lotion

Emulsion is a light moisturizer. Mostly people with combination skin or oily skin would choose emulsion because of the lighter texture but still provide the moisture needed. Normally it is water based.

Swanicoco A.C emulsion
 Kose Sekkisei emulsion
Avène cleanance expert emulsion
Kikumasamune Sake emulsion
Primera Organience Emulsion  
L'occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid
Snow Fairy Hydro White Emulsion

Cream is thicker since it contains more oil inside.  Cream provides more oil for those with dry skin or for usage during winter.  However, snail cream are usually very light.  There are many type of creams for examples whitening, anti-aging, hydrating and for acne.

Kicho Sheep Oil cream
Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
Klairs moist soothing cream
Egyptian magic cream,
skin shop premium secret snail vital mucin cream,
Mary Cohr light moisturising cream
The Yeon Yowoo Brightening Cream

Massage cream- it is cream that people use for massage on the face. Basically, you apply the massage a little on the face, then massage the face until it become transparent. then rinse the face away with it.  It is better for dry skin during winter.

Lafine Massage cream

Gel moisturizers usually contain humectants like silicone or gylerin for oily skin. Gel is also lighter than cream and emulsion. Some like it for the fresh texture.  If you don't mind spending the money, you can use eye gel as face moisturiser.
Alive:Lab Multi Ice CreamCOSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion (with Birch Sap)
Mizon Dist clean up Protect Cream
Neutrogena Hydra Boost water gel  ,
Phb Skin Restore Gel Aloe Vera 
Swiss Line By Dermalab Aqua Vitale De Puffing Eye Gel .



Booster is something that is put before the serum/essence to boost the efficiency of the essence/serum.  The texture is generally very light and you will notice that the skincare penetrate into the skin much faster than if you are not using booster. The sequence to use booster for Korean and Western is also different depending on your toner (korean or western toner)

Examples of booster would be Dr. Jart V7 Booster and Dermalogica booster.

Most people would find this confusing whether it is a toner, a booster or a moisturiser.  For me, it is just like the name suggested- water infused with flowers.  One can use this as toner, mist or even moisturiser.  It is really just like water, it can calm the skin and moisturise the skin as it contain glycerine.  However, it is not enough to moisturiser the skin during winter.

Melvita Narcissus extraordinary water,
Melvita Extraordinary water 
Heaven on Earth Lavendar Floral water.

Okay, In September 2014 there is already the skin finisher which means to be a skincare products which makes the skin looks glow to the point of flawless. It's called a skin finisher because it goes on last (over toner, serums/essence/ and moisturisers) and before your cc cream or foundation. It is used during the day.  It can comes in form or spray or bottle. There are hair finisher but this finisher is for skin and it is already a rave in Korea.  Skin finisher is NOT A PRIMER NOR it is a MAKEUP because the skin finisher seal all the good things about your skincare products into your skin making it super flawless.  According to them, skin finisher is the key to have amazingly dewy skin flawless skin.  Examples of skin finisher would be Sulwhasoo Luminate Essential Finisher, Su:m miracle finisher and many more.

Peeling gel is actually exfoliator for sensitive skin which is much more gentle than scrubs.  Generally, Korean prefer peeling gel because it helps to exfoliate the skin without the harshness and peeling gel can immediately brighten the skin. Normally, it is use before using a sheet mask for best effect.
UGB peeling gel
Cure Natural Aqua Gel

I think generally that is what I know about the current type of skincare products in the market. The list is sure going to be long and I will update this from time to time.
There is even that jelly, pudding and more texture coming out in the market every second so I know it is going to be more and more confusing next time.  Even the vocabulary list for skincare products are just going longer. =P Do forgive me or correct me if I had made any mistake in writing this as I wrote it base on my common experience in skincare .
I hope that it will help you in making choices for your skincare products.

Here is another link that you might find useful on the products above.
Sequence of all the products usage
Differences about all sort of face masks
How to effectively use essence, serum and ampoule
Differences about all the skincare cleansers

Updated on 1/9/2017

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