[REVIEW] Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

Good Morning, friends! Today I will be sharing one of the most incredible discoveries I have found in my skincare journey. I was first introduced to this cream back in late 2017 by my dear friend – Sharon. She kindly sent over a sample of the product and I was instantly hooked to it! This is actually my 2nd tube of it and was kindly gifted to through Meibe Korea for me to do a review for you!

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream ~ 50ml for $60 CDN/ $45 USD
Available on:  YesstyleeBay | Amazon (available for Prime)

What is it?

This is a moisturizing cream formulated with 5 types of ceramides that help strengthen and protect the skin from water and moisture loss.

Ceramides are lipids that assist and protect skin barrier by retaining skin moisture and they protect the skin from any environmental irritants. They can also improve the look and feel of dry skin instantaneously.

 

My thoughts:

I personally adore this cream and will continue to repurchase it. I do prefer this version over the original one they released with the pale yellow packaging; they removed a lot of the unnecessary filler ingredients such as silicones so it absorbs more easily into the skin rather than just filming a thick film layer on top of the skin.

There are a lot of ceramide creams in the market to choose from so if this is not within your price range, you can always try drugstore ones. My favourite ceramide based cream from the drugstore is the Cerave Moisturizing Cream.

The one thing that kind of confuses me is the claims of this being suitable for sensitive skin; there is bergamot oil (essential oil) in this and although it is on the lower dosage in the ingredients. Please be aware that there is essential oil in this product; Essential oils can be irritating to the skin in some people and may even cause redness to the skin. I believe this cream would perform best on most skin types but most certainly not all – dry, combination and oily.

  • Texture: 5/5 – This has a dense texture to it but spreads and applies beautifully into the skin once your fingers touch it. It creates this beautiful smooth film on top of the skin when first applied and leaves the skin feeling so moisturized and nourished. My skin feels so soft the following morning every time I use this. There is a soft, very light brown hue to the cream so don’t be alarmed if you see that. Initially, when I used the cream I assumed it would be a white colored cream for some reason and was concerned mine may have gone bad. Turns out it’s how the cream is supposed to look like.
  • Scent: 5/5 – I absolutely adore the smell of bergamot and am not sensitive to it so it works for me. I would like to warn sensitive skin users, to be aware that there are essential oils in this so I would highly suggest you to do a patch test prior to applying this directly onto your face and this applies for all beauty products. The last thing you want is a negative reaction.
  • Price: 3/5 – Price is a bit ridiculous for what it is however if you have the budget to splurge on this fantastic cream, go for it. Sephora has two sales every year and usually, it’s between 15% – 20%, I would suggest you purchase this cream during that time. eBay also has a lot of South Korean based sellers who may sell this cream for a fraction of the cost. Otherwise, you can always try cheaper alternatives.
  • Performance: 4/5 –  Works wonders, leaves my skin feeling like SILK the following day and protected. Winter in Canada is extremely brutal and I really relied on ceramide based products and facial oils to nourish, moisturize and repair my skin. This definitely did the job.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – The packaging for this is quite clever. Although I do prefer creams in tubs, this tube comes with a clip that allows you to squeeze every last bit of the product. I find tube products are very difficult to remove the last little bit of product in them so I’m glad they included this useful clip.
  • Overall: 4/5 – I would recommend this for anyone who’s open to trying this cream out because it’s a fantastic cream and has really done a superb job protecting my skin all fall and winter long. It definitely stood by its claims and I will continue to repurchase this as long as it’s available.

Well, that’s it for today, friends! Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions about this or you have any products you are curious about having try and review! Have yourself a fantastic week.

 

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[REVIEW] SOME BY MI AHA, BHA, PHA 30 DAYS MIRACLE CREAM

Hello friends! It has been a long while since my last blog post and I have been quite occupied with life along with my struggles of protecting my moisture barrier. Luckily for me, winter in Canada is almost all over. I wanted to share a product I have been using for almost 2 months behind the scenes. I received this cream back in early February and wanted to give this cream some time to see results.

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My skin type:

My skin type is combination (oily t-zone, dry cheeks), congested, dehydrated and somewhat sensitive.

Claims

This cream was designed to firm skin barrier, recover damage skin, soothe, provides scar and pore care. It has a high potency is Centella Asiatic content (700,000ppm) and enriched 4 kinds of cica extracts (Asiatic acid, Madecassic acid, Asiatic acid, Madecassoside) to protect damaged skin barrier. There is also tea tree leaf extract (anti-oxidant), adenosine (wrinkle-care) and niacinamide (whitening/brightening).

What is AHA, BHA, and PHA?

Before we talk about the ingredients and the product breakdown, I want to share a break down of what AHA, BHA, PHA are because I know they can get confusing and even myself get them mixed up.

AHAs are used to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation – dark spots, scars, enlarged pores and uneven skin tone. This is excellent for penetrating deeply into the skin and removing excess dead skin cells and surfacing the skin. You may have seen them in your skincare’s ingredients before. A very common one is Glycolic acid; this acid is derived from fruit extracts and even sugar cane. Another AHA is Lactic acid and unlike most AHAs that are derived from fruits, this one is made from lactose in milk. It’s also known to reduce the effects of aging. Whatever kind you decide to use, please be advised to wear sunscreen every day to prevent age spots, skin irritation, and burns.

BHAs are meant to be applied a few times during the week until your skin adapts to its effects. BHAs do not sensitize the skin like AHAs do but please be sure to wear sunscreen every day to prevent any further sun damage. A very common BHA that you may already use in your skincare routine is Salicylic acid. This is a common ingredient used to treat acne and also calm skin’s redness and inflammation. This is more suited for oilier skin types.

PHAs are quite similar to AHAs however they are much milder. This is usually for those who have more sensitive skin types who can tolerate neither AHAs and BHAs and is an exceptional alternative. PHAs can help smooth and resurface the skin without any skin irritation.

Key ingredients:

Centella Asiatica Extract (Cica): is a plant-based ingredient that has multiple healing properties. The extract is rich with amino acids, fatty acids and etc that can help treat and prevent acne, calming down skin inflammation and promote collagen growth.

Niacinamide: ability to stabilize and tighten your skin barrier + visibly shrinks the appearance of pores and diminishes skin dullness.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract is an antiseptic and a moisturizer. Aloe is known to soothe act against inflammation and is clinically proven to heal burns, wounds, and scars.

Madecassic acid is an antioxidant and helps replenish the skin’s surface.

Ceramide: are lipids that assist and protect skin barrier by retaining skin moisture and they protect the skin from any environmental irritants. They can also improve the look and feel of dry skin instantaneously. *amazing for winter*

Full list of ingredients:

Centella Asiatica Extract (70.8%), Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Water, Niacinamide, Caprylic/Capric Trigyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Maleleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract (10000ppm), Cholesteryl/ Behenyl/ Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Extract), Rosemary Extract, Origanum Vulgare Flower/ Leaf/ Stem/ Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Extract, Fructan, Albatrellus Ovinus Extract, Willow Bark Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Lentil Seed Extract, Witch Hazel Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Coptis Japonica Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Betaine, Allantoin, Madecassoside, Madecassi Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Adenosine, Ceramide NP, Oleanolic Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid (100ppm), Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Polygryceryl-3 Methyglucose Distearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lactobionic Acid(100ppm), Citric Acid(11ppm), Ammonium Acryloyldimenthyltaurate/VP Copolymer, 1-2 Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Raspberry Ketone, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) oil.

My thoughts

The first thing I noticed about this product’s ingredients was that the first ingredient listed is Centella Asiatica Extract. This means the potency of this ingredient is very concentrated. I swear by this ingredient and use this on a regular daily basis – it’s one of my favourites for countering skin irritation and redness. I see a huge significant difference when using products with this specific ingredient. The texture of this cream is a gel and has a very pleasant cica, fresh scent to it. The moment I applied this onto my skin, it instantly felt hydrated, moisturized and cool! I did not refrigerate this product but if I did, I bet it would be even more cooling. I noticed the appearance of my skin looked brighter and more even after using this cream.

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  • Texture: 5/5 – I love gel creams, they’re not ideal for me during winter but I’ve been using a lot more facial oils on my skin so it all works out. I am very thankful to know this cream does not pill nor is it sticky. It absorbs seamlessly into my skin without any issues.
  • Scent: 5/5 – There is a light cica scent to it and I absolutely adore it! If you’ve ever smelled cica products, they smell very pleasant to them.
  • Price: 5/5 – This is pretty affordable for cream and will last you a while before you need a replenishment. It’s a lot more affordable many resurfacing creams in the market and would highly recommend you to give this a try.
  • Performance: 4/5 – Absolutely fantastic! My skin definitely has improved from what it looked like since early February to today. It’s less textured and way brighter looking. My skin was going through multiple phases during winter and it was never consistent but I found myself reaching for this cream a lot as night care to resurface and restore my skin. The following morning after using this cream, my skin is soft to the touch and quite radiant! I have this healthy glow to my face. I also used this during when I had a few active breakouts and almost immediately after I applied this cream on, it had this amazing soothing sensation to it. After maybe about 3-4 consistent uses every night, my breakouts were practically diminished and no longer inflamed!
  • Packaging: 5/5 – Practical and easy to use. I prefer jar packaging over tubes because tubes are such a pain to get the excess product out when you’re almost done using it.
  • Overall: 4/5 – This product is a beautiful product and definitely worth a shot trying. I find this is an effective cream and budget-friendly because it will last you a long time and user-friendly. Anyone who struggles with uneven skin or acne-prone skin really should try this product out. It’s quite mild and does the job for a reasonable price! I would definitely repurchase this along with their toner from this line! Alright, the reason why I jotted off 1 mark is that the name “miracle”. Yes, this is an effective product however there really isn’t a product out there that is a one-stop shop that will solve all of your skin care issues. Everyone has different skin concerns and we need to keep that in mind. You as the individual, need to be able to take care of your skin and be consistent with your routine. With consistency, you will see results! Overall, I would highly recommend this for you guys to give this a try if you have similar skin concerns like I do.

I hope this review helped you out on whether you would be interested in this cream, thank you for dropping by and have yourself a fantastic day!

Available on: eBay | YesstyleAmazon (Cream) | Amazon – Full Line Set
60g – prices may vary between $20-$25

This product was kindly gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

 

 

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[SWATCHES] Etude House Lavender Land Palette

Good morning, my beautiful gems. I know I’ve been MIA but I’m back! I wanted to share a palette that I just received from my twinsie. Her name is Sharon and she is also known as @sherhearti on Instagram. Please check her out!

Alright, let’s dive into this! This is one of etude house’s newly launch products and can be found on: Amazon | Etude House | Ebay | Yesstyle

Ingredients – From: Etude House Official Website
Shades from left to right.

#1, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, TALC, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, SILICA, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXAHYDROXYSTEARATE/HEXASTEARATE/HEXAROSINATE, ZINC STEARATE, NYLON-12, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, POLYPROPYLENE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), PTFE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), TIN OXIDE, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BARIUM SULFATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, RED 7 (CI 15850), ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE, , ,
#2, TALC, MICA, SILICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, CAPRYLYL METHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, BARIUM SULFATE, RED 7 (CI 15850), ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, DIMETHICONE, METHICONE, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#3, TALC, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DIMETHICONE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, ZINC STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, NYLON-12, BORON NITRIDE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), ISOSTEARIC ACID, BARIUM SULFATE, YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), RED 7 (CI 15850), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TIN OXIDE, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#4, TALC, MICA, POLYETHYLENE, TRIETHYLHEXANOIN, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, ZINC STEARATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), DIMETHICONE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), BARIUM SULFATE, PCA DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, RED 7 (CI 15850), TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#5, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, MICA, TALC, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, NYLON-12, SILICA, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BIS-VINYL DIMETHICONE/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), SILVER (CI 77820), TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TIN OXIDE
#6, TALC, MICA, SILICA, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ZINC STEARATE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, CAPRYLYL METHICONE, SYNTHETIC BEESWAX, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, METHICONE, DIMETHICONE, BARIUM SULFATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), RED 7 (CI 15850), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), RED 6 (CI 15850), TIN OXIDE, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#7, MICA, TALC, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, BARIUM SULFATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, NYLON-12, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, DIMETHICONE, SILICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), POLYPROPYLENE, PTFE, CARMINE (CI 75470), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, RED 7 (CI 15850), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), WATER / AQUA / EAU, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE, , ,
#8, TALC, MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, DIMETHICONE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, ZINC STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, NYLON-12, BORON NITRIDE, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), ISOSTEARIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, BARIUM SULFATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, RED 7 (CI 15850), TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, LAUROYL LYSINE, CARMINE (CI 75470), TIN OXIDE, ROSIN / COLOPHONIUM / COLOPHANE
#9, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, TALC, MICA, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXAHYDROXYSTEARATE/HEXASTEARATE/HEXAROSINATE, ZINC STEARATE, NYLON-12, MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE, POLYPROPYLENE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, PTFE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, SILVER (CI 77820), TIN OXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), , ,
#10, MICA, TALC, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIETHYLHEXANOATE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), NYLON-12, SILICA, HEXYL LAURATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, ISOSTEARIC ACID, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TIN OXIDE, WATER / AQUA / EAU

Colour Descriptions:

There are no English shade names listed anywhere besides the Korean ones, so I’ll be describing the colours from left to right.

  • #1 brown with duochrome blue shift to it, this one really reminds me of urban decay solstice
  • #2 matte chocolate brown, a bit too powdery for my liking
  • #3 copper with a subtle sheen to it
  • #4 matte light milk coffee tone, perfect for a transition shade!
  • #5 shimmery rose gold, buttery smooth and applies easily
  • #6 a very light, pale lilac colour – chalky and difficult to apply on. ( as you can see on the photo, that’s 3 swipes!)
  • #7 a shimmery warm-tone purple with a sheen
  • #8 brown-purple shade with silver shimmers
  • #9 Glitter gold shade with silver glitters
  • #10 a bronze tone with sheen to it ~ this is beautiful and layers well!

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Tip: if you’re struggling to apply shadows in general and you don’t have a base to work with. Apply a concealer on your eyelids to prep your eyelids for eye shadow and they will appear more opaque and will last longer. This is what I did when I didn’t have an eye shadow base and works wonders. You can even use your foundation or bb cream to double up as a concealer and eye primer if you really wanted to!

Overall Thoughts:

  • Texture: 3/5 – Maybe I am use to american/western types of eyeshadows but the texture of these shadows are dry feeling, tad powdery and the glitters have a grit feel to them. They apply beautifully with fingers. I prefer to apply k-beauty eyeshadows with my fingers rather than using brushes.
  • Scent: 5/5 – No detectable scent, there are some eyeshadows in the market that have scents to them, which I don’t mind however it can be irritating those who are sensitive to fragrance.
  • Price: 5/5 – Etude house eyeshadows are relatively affordable. Their singles range between  3-7 dollars. Their palettes consists of 10 shades and range between 15-20 dollars varying where you decide to purchase it.
  • Performance: 5/5 – These are really long-wearing eyeshadows. I can get away without using a base and they will stay last on my eyelids. I don’t have oily eyelids so that could be why they last so long.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – C’mon now! It’s etude house, they’re known for their iconic adorable packaging. I absolutely love their design for their packaging.
  • Overall: 4/5 – It’s a good palette for those who are interested in trying out purple but doesn’t really want to commit to using all purple on their lid. There’s a good colour story and range of colours from duo chromatic, shimmer, glitter and mattes for transition.

Until next time, friends! 🙂 I’ll be back soon with more skincare reviews. Please let me know if you enjoy these swatch posts.

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