Skincare Review: Iope Moist Cleansing Whipping Foam, Stem III Ampoule, and Derma Gentle Cica Cream

I am a late Iope adaptor. The k-beauty brand focuses on creating skincare and makeup products based on research and even though I discovered them late, I’m glad I did.

Using fermented water hyacinth flower extract, konjac beads, and papain enzyme, the Moist Cleansing Whipping Foam to clean, refresh, and hydrate the skin.

As someone who has a foaming cleanser bias, this is one of the best I’ve tried. It lathers thickly but rinses without leaving any dirt and oil. It has beads that feel soft and it melts as I massage the cleanser on my skin. With the texture of the cleanser, it would usually result in really dry skin after rinsing but this just leaves the skin feeling plump and soft.

The Stem III Ampoule promises to plump, strengthen, and revitalize the complexion using allantoin, spiraeoside, and peptides.

This ampoule feels a bit heavy but it feels nourishing on the skin. It also plumps and helps firm, which I noticed after about a month of use. I especially like using this after using acids and exfoliating.

To soothe, comfort, and help relieve irritated skin, the Derma Gentle Cica Cream uses madecassoside, panthenol, and cypress tree extracts.

A couple of months ago, my face has been at its most sensitive recently and this moisturizer helped make it better. It’s gentle, creamy yet non-greasy, and smooth to apply all over the face. It also feels lightweight and is quickly absorbed by the skin. I also love how it’s fragrance-free and how I don’t get oily with it. The cream feels really soothing and moisturizing on the skin. I could feel my face getting smoother and softer after applying the cream all over my face.

The Iope Moist Cleansing Whipping Foam, Stem III Ampoule, and Derma Gentle Cica Cream were provided by @iope_us .

Skincare Review: Nature Republic Capture Miracle Total Care – Hibiscus Ampoule and Sheet Mask

Focusing on hibiscus flower extracts, Nature Republic created the Capture Miracle Total Care – Hibiscus Ampoule and Sheet Mask for healthier and clearer skin. Both products have a peptide complex that contains eight peptide components, along with niacinamide and adenosine, to brighten and plump the skin.

Both products feel soothing and relaxing on the skin. The ampoule has a very lightweight and watery consistency, making it easy to use even in the mornings. My oily akin just absorbs this. It’s light but it feels hydrating and nourishing to the skin. The sheet mask , on the other hand, has a heavier consistency. I like to use it after using a mask to nourish and soothe the skin.

As for the results, this immediately plumps my skin and leaves it looking bright and feeling bouncy in the morning. It has helped keep my skin feeling healthy.

The Nature Republic Capture Miracle Total Care – Hibiscus Ampoule and Sheet Mask were provided by @naturerepublic_usa_official .

Skincare Review: Bad Skin Korea Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, Ssuk Bomb Eraser, Milk Bomb Eraser, and Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule

Another Instagram discovery is the kbeauty brand Bad Skin Korea. Admittedly, I was curious about the packaging of their cleansers. They sent those over as well as some other skincare products that they think would soothe my oily skin.

The Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil promises to deeply cleanse and moisturize the skin using triple hyaluronic acid. This cleansing oil feels light and gentle on the skin. It was able to easily remove makeup, even eyeliners. However, this left a thin film on the skin, even after rinsing.

The product I’m most curious about is the Ssuk Bomb Eraser, a cleansing foam that uses mugwort leaf powder, mugwort leaf extract to cleanse and removes wastes from pores. It smells grassy. Out of the tube, the product looks creamy. It feels a bit muddy so it’s weird to use. However, I love how the cleanser feels gentle yet hardworking. It removes all oil and impurities in the skin. I like using this when my skin is irritated, clogged, and oily as this soothes, detoxifies, and cleanses thoroughly.

The Milk Bomb Eraser, on the other hand, uses milk protein, jojoba oil, AHA, and BHA to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. This foam cleanser would work for those with dry and normal skin types as this feels extra moisturizing on the skin.

The Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule has become one of my favorite hydrating products. With collagen and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and moisturize the skin, I find this ampoule very soothing and refreshing to the skin. Every time I apply this, I always end up with baby-soft skin after.

I really can always count on kbeauty products to offer hydration and moisture without the heaviness. The Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule has become a mainstay in my routine and will be especially handy come colder months, in tandem with the Ssuk Bomb Eraser.

The Bad Skin Korea Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil, Ssuk Bomb Eraser, Milk Bomb Eraser, Collagen Bomb Hydrating Ampoule were provided by @badskin.

Skincare Review: d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser, Peptide No Sebum Balancing Toner, and White Truffle Intensive Ampoule

It’s not every day that I see anti-aging skincare products for oily skin so I was really interested in trying out d’Alba Piedmont. Made without synthetic preservatives, artificial coloring agents, and fragrances, their products combine European and Korean skincare approaches to improve the skin.

The products they sent me all use white truffle as their star ingredient aimed to speed up cell renewal for fresher and younger-looking skin.

Contained in a luxe green packaging, the Peptide No Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser promises to clear excess sebum and blackheads, balance the skin, and minimize pigmentation with a blend of BHAs, calamine powder, 20 amino acids. Predictably, this has a runny gel texture. It also smells like soap but I like how gentle and silky it feels as you massage it on the skin. Upon rinsing, it removes excess oil but leaves the skin feel nourished and soft. Personally, I find this too gentle for my skin and I also like to have a perfect balance of removing my skin of oils without drying and dehydrating it.

Claiming to be an anti-aging toner for oily and combination skin types, the Peptide No Sebum Balancing Toner is what I was the most excited to try. It contains pearl extract and niacinamide to brighten the skin, peptides to firm and plump, and BHA and AHA to combat oil and eliminate blackheads. This has a certain viscosity to it but sinks in quickly. It leaves the skin bouncy without feeling tacky, making it a good base before makeup. Using this I noticed that it softens the skin and helps brighten it. Though it doesn’t aggravate the oiliness of my skin, it only helps keep the oil for a couple of hours. I used this for about a month and I didn’t notice improvements on oil management, unfortunately.

The White Truffle Intensive Ampoule is an unexpected favorite. It uses white truffle extract and caviar to nourish and hydrate the skin. This feels luxurious but light. It has a serum-like consistency – amazingly thin and soothing to the skin. It leaves a bit of a tacky finish so I like using this at night. It gives a nice silky finish afterward and feels incredibly nourishing and hydrating. Using this made my skin soft, smooth, and plump. It gave me results I used to only get from thick anti-aging products I can only use sparingly in fear of clogging my skin. I honestly can’t believe something as lightweight as this can nourish my skin so much.

The d’Alba Piedmont Peptide No Sebum Mild Gel Cleanser, Peptide No Sebum Balancing Toner, and White Truffle Intensive Ampoule were provided by d’Alba. Available at stylekorean and sokoglam.

Skincare Review: Be Plain Cicaful Ampoule and BHA Peeling Ampoule

K-Beauty brand Be Plain only has two products promising to resolve skin problems without harmful ingredients. These ampoules are supposed to be applied every day for the first week and less afterward. They have a calendar where you can note your progress, which I thought was really thoughtful.

The Cicaful Ampoule ($25.31) is a concentrated ampoule containing 84% centella asiatica to repair skin sensitivity, calm dullness, and blemishes.

This has a clear and viscous texture that sinks in quickly. I was actually surprised as to how light this is. The ampoules I’ve tried are heavier than this so I use this as I would a serum. I may have clearer skin now but I am still battling with some discoloration. The skin around my nose and cheeks is a bit red so this comes handy and this helped lessened the redness a bit. It also feels soothing to the skin. I followed the calendar they provided and after a month, I saw improvements in how my skin looked and felt. It now feels plump and smooth and it looks more even. I cannot wait to use this more to see a more noticeable difference.

The BHA Peeling Ampoule ($29.67) aims to exfoliate the skin, evens out the appearance its tone using BHA and green tea water.

This feels lighter than the cicaful ampoule and also as fast absorbing. It feels moisturizing to the skin. I like using this when I want to shorten my routine at night. After a month of use, I noticed a subtle difference which might be because my skin is used to stronger BHA percentages. It like applying this at night to my cheek area, where I’m at my most sensitive. This would suit those who want to try a BHA exfoliating serum as this is very gentle to the skin.

The Be Plain Cicaful Ampoule and BHA Peeling Ampoule were provided by @beplain as PR. Available at beplain.co.kr