(guest post by Blue)

I rarely go for eye creams. The reason for that is I usually buy a moisturizer that I can use all over my face, including on the eye area. But about two months ago I decided to finally purchase the eye cream as the skin under my eyes had got a lot worse. Too much stress, dehydration, lots of (forced) laughing and smiling (forced especially when you meet new people and want to come across as nice and friendly, you’re having the worst day of your life but because those new people are important, you just glue the smile to your face). So, enough of moaning, I bought this eye cream because I thought it’s high time I finally did it and the timing was about right to rescue my eye area.

So what I did was I went straight away to my favourite online k-beauty store (roseroseshop.com) and found the cheapest (I know!) and the most appealing eye cream I could find within a few hours (it took me ages, to be very honest). But ultimately I found Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream by Mizon and I was delighted by the purchase. So here’s the review of the product and my thoughts on its performance.



Because of a mini-version of the eye cream, there was not much on the packaging in terms of the product’s claims. Especially in English. But there was one line which roughly summarizes what the eye cream is supposed to do:

‘’Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream contains highly concentrated collagen to lift wrinkles around eyes while improving skin elasticity.’’

I didn’t find much on the Internet about the eye cream either in terms of reviews so I thought that I’d just find out about everything by using it myself. So when it reached my door, this is what it came in.


It came in a small cardboard box in which there was a slim tube of the cream. Initially, I thought that it’d last me max. 2 weeks as the tube was tiny but somehow, after 2 months of using it regularly, I still have some left. O.O Here’s what was inside.


Ingredients and Texture

Because the packaging didn’t have any ingredients list in English, here’s the one I found on CosDna  (and which I used to see if the eye cream was worth buying before I actually did it). It looks really decent- contains Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, some peptides, plant oils and extracts and Beta-Glucan. Seems like a really nice blend.

When it comes to a texture, it’s more like an eye GEL nor an eye CREAM. It’s transparent, has no scent (literally- no scent), and is really easy to spread. When I saw it, it seemed like an eye cream made perfect for me. But it turned out it has some… drawbacks.


My thoughts

Let’s start with what I liked about the eye cream. The Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream by Mizon certainly appealed to me in terms of the gel-like consistency that is easy to spread, absorbs really quickly and sits well under my physical sunscreen. When I applied it on my face, after a few minutes, there was no trace of it- it absorbed entirely and left no scent. I also really liked the ingredients it contains- the list is full of skin-friendly stuff that should do wonders to your skin.

Unfortunately, the eye cream didn’t do wonders for mine. It did moisturize my eye area pretty well but it didn’t eliminate or diminish the tiny wrinkles I’ve had around under my eyes. So I can say it didn’t live up to the first part of its claim (lifting wrinkles around the eyes). Has my skin become more elastic? Hard to say. Maybe. I didn’t notice that many new wrinkles since I started using it so maybe it did improve my skin elasticity to an extent. But my skin is quite young anyway. And I try to eat healthily. So to attribute the no-new-wrinkles solely to the working of the eye cream would be an exaggeration. That’s all from me.

Have you tried this eye cream? If yes, what do you think about it?


THE HISTORY OF K-BEAUTY: They Were So Good That The Beauty Industry Made a Subcategory for Them

A guest post excerpt by Yanna Zhang

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You ever felt that you needed to look good to feel good? Well, this whole nation of cosmetic beauty junkies have your back because that’s the most basic essence of their beauty industry mentality.

An article on The Awkward Traveller explains that not only do Korean men and women spend double the amount on cosmetic and beauty products than any other country, but, the sole fraction of Korean men spend a significantly higher number on beauty products than other races. If that wasn’t enough to convince you just how much of a big player they are in this game, then be prepared to be introduced to their Korean beauty market.

The Koreans have always been known for their huge array of vanity products. The market now holds such a wide selection that ranges from the lightest and softest skin toners to the most hardcore and down-to-every-little-pore clay masks (here’s one of my personal Innisfree favorites). Their cosmetics line practically drowning with all the positive remarks of high efficiency, advanced technology, and nothing, but superb quality beauty and make-up products.

They were that good that the beauty industry eventually had to stretch out to accommodate a whole new subcategory: k-beauty.

I take us back in history with this article, looking at how the k-beauty industry had started out, evolved, and been polished throughout the age of time. Call it marvel, call it awe as we read on what little steps the Korean market had taken to get to where they are now. Because, you, my dear reader, will be discovering the history underlying one of the greatest beauty empires today.


With a shared mindset of improving the outside to feel good from within, the Koreans had long ago started paying attention and focusing on beauty traditions and practices that held this very idea. Using ingredients that were found in the environment, Koreans in the ancient times constructed all sorts of natural facial creams and oils, eyebrow ink, rouge, beauty scrubs, and lotions that gave them the vanity they desired.

Koreatimes.co describes how clever the people were in finding natural substances such as saponin (an effective cleansing agent) within the powder of the common ground mung beans, or “jodu” as they called it, to act as a cleansing soap. As well as using safflower oil for skin moisture and gloss purposes because it contained the essential fatty acids and Vitamin E that did the trick.

Caring about how they looked was a common thing among the people. Not stopping there, their line of products just seemed to expand more when the importance of appearance was incorporated into their everyday living.

 Such things like powders (“baekbun)” and rouge that was frequently applied to lips and cheeks (“yeonji”) were given Korean terminologies due to how often they were being used and bought by the people. Before long, even the high-class elites and professional female entertainers were getting into the culture of k-beauty.

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You Can Use Botox on Your Hair?!

You Can Use Botox on Your Hair?!

(guest post by Jennifer Scott)

Botox is a well-known prescriptive medication used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. But did you know that you can use Botox on your hair? As you age, your hair is similar to your skin where it loses its elasticity and fullness. But Botox used on the hair can give it a smooth, full and healthy appearance. It can also combat the frizzies.

How Does It Work?

Similar to smoothing and relaxing muscles on the skin, Botox for the hair fills each fiber of the hair to ensure that it’s smooth and full. The deep conditioner treatment coats the fibers of the hair with a form of filler. It focuses on problematic areas such as thinning and split ends. Caviar oil, vitamin B-5, BONT-L peptide and collagen complex are just a few of the patented ingredients to help treat damaged and thinning hair.

Are You a Candidate?

While Botox is a safe treatment for all types of hair, there are some individuals who will benefit greatly from the procedure. You’re a prime candidate if you have split ends and fine hair. You may also want to consider Botox for hair if your locks are frizzy and lack volume and luster. Individuals longing for a straight style will see optimum results with Botox as the product straightens the strands.

What Happens During the Treatment?

When used on the skin, Botox is applied through injections using needles. However, when used on the hair, Botox is applied with a conditioner agent onto the hair strands. Whether you go to a professional salon or buy the products and use in the comfort of your home, it’s a painless process.

At the salon, the stylist will start with by shampooing your hair. This helps open the cuticles and prepares them for the upcoming treatment. Botox for the hair is then massaged onto the strands beginning at the roots and ending at the tips of the hair. The application is left on wet hair between 25 and 90 minutes, dependent on the extent of damage.

The stylist may rinse the application out before drying. Others may choose to leave the solution on during the styling process. This can assist the treatment in penetrating the hair fully. Once dried, you’ll notice immediate results from the Botox hair process.

Is Botox for Hair Effective?

Hair salons have seen a rise in the number of clients requesting Botox for hair. Although there are a number of products on the market claiming to offer the same benefits, you want to do your own research. To ensure you get the best results, you want to schedule an appointment with your own hair stylist for a consultation. Your trusted salon will be able to buy products from a verified vendor and ensure the ingredients are of the highest quality.

Will It Break the Bank?

The costs for Botox hair treatments vary and typically cost between $100 to $300. But the results can last up to 4 months, depending on the individual. You can help preserve your locks by shampooing in between visits using a sulfate-free product. Before you schedule an appointment, shop around to get the best price and at a reputable salon.

Are There Any Risks?

Botox for hair is considered safe for users. However, with any type of treatment for your hair, you want to speak with your stylist first. They’ll be able to help you understand the risks associated such as allergies and skin irritations. You can reduce your risks by ensuring the product doesn’t make contact with your skin.

If your hair is lacking, and you’re looking for a solution that goes beyond your normal shampoo and conditioning routine for fullness and body, you may want to consider Botox for hair. To ensure the best results and to extend the life of the treatment, it’s important to visit a salon you trust.

Jennifer is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and try-ing new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!

SKINCARE SHOWDOWN: The Japanese mochi-hada versus the Korean ulzzang glow


The Japanese mochi-hada versus the Korean ulzzang glow

(guest post by Yanna Zhang)


Fire with fire. Because, how else would two major competitors fight if not head to head?

Perhaps it doesn’t come as such a big shocker to us when these two similar Asian countries are highly competitive in which skin care routine will guarantee the most beautiful and ethereal results.

A whole culture based on their keen ability and skill to be ahead of whatever trend is in the beauty industry. Their K-pop idols practically embody the agelessness and radiance the vain crave. With their 10-step skin care routine being a sure formula for that much desired white glow, the Koreans have been crowned the ultimate masters of skin care.

For a nation that is big on the minimalist, the Japanese, on the contrary, do not hold themselves back in the skin care routine area. Passing their traditional secrets on getting mochi-hada white skin from generation to generation, they have long since polished and perfected their routine for plump, youthful-looking skin. Someone who is not new to the competition of the beauty industry is the Japanese country.


Broken down into a basic outline, the Japanese put more emphasis on prevention rather than absorption.

  1. Starting off with emulsifying oils and balms (removes make-up residue and oil), the routine would consist of double cleansing with the following foam cleansers (removes sweat and dirt).
  2. Skin conditioners or “lotions” then hydrate and soften the skin – serums or “beauty liquids” following soon after for no other purpose, but to whiten dark spots and diminish redness.
  3. The last being the highly-important sunscreen or protection against UVA and UVB.

What’s that? Expecting more? Well, that’s it. Sensei would be so proud.

Extra tip: My mother taught me how to use the power of using rice water for better skin and hair just as the Japanese do. Not only does it leave the skin feeling smoother, but also plump and dewy.


Misconception aside, the 10-step routine would not necessarily require all ten products for every single day. The Korean lather-rinse-repeat program would typically consist of:

  1. Oil cleansers and foam cleansers would the ultimate first to the long road of Korean skincare.
  2. After cleansing, that’s when they do exfoliating products to remove dead skin cells. Duh.
  3. The most important of all: toner. Newsflash. The Koreans love their toner as it makes it easier for the skin to absorb the next products.
  4. Essence for hydration and serums and/or boosters for dark or red spots.
  5. Face masks are the next step. Whether clay, peel-off, or other, the face mask industry thrives on how frequent the Koreans use face masks. I have one product review on Innisfree
  6. And if you think this routine was near over, bam, eye cream. Time to get rid of those droopy, saggy, miserable-looking bags and turn them into aegyo-sal, the currently trending cute, puffy under eye bags.
  7. Face cream, the figurative hair net keeping all the products on your face, is then applied to guarantee maximum absorption.
  8. To top it off, they finish the routine off with SPF for protection against the sun. Of course, we wouldn’t want to ruin all that hard work by leaving our skin exposed for harmful ultraviolet rays, would we?


With the more minerals and vitamins (one of their products is literally labeled ‘essence’), the Korean skin care routine is said to result in glowing, radiant skin while the Japanese had a more plump, youthful-looking and more on the white side complexion. While it may seem easy to mix and match, the two routines would actually have significant differences in the results.

We also have to take note of the highly noticeable routine efficiency. Everyone wants to know, “is it worth our time?” Being a busybody personally, I would dislike having to diligently follow the lengthy Korean skin care routine for radiant, young skin I could get from the Japanese routine, anyway. But, the idea of attaining the much envied glowy look from the Korean skin care is a little tempting.

I mean, why not? Their Korean idols look like such visions that it would be only normal to idolize them for the intricate procedures they go through. But, you do you.


With their shorter list of products, the Japanese skincare routine is said to be the better recommended program for beginners – or those who don’t have the diligence to persevere the many steps of K-beauty like me. The typical Korean skin care routine, having more minerals and essential ingredients and product variety, more recommended for those willing to go through the hard work of it and desiring the natural glow it provides.

I think, overall, there is no definite winner as it will always be in the eye of the beholder which seems more appealing and attractive to them. While the two beauty industries have always been argued about and debated on, it only ends up highlighting how much technology and innovation they have had in the beauty and cosmetics industry of the world.

So, who’s the winner? Who deserves that Iron Throne (heh, did you get the reference)? I’d say both of them did. Along with all the other countries who have their traditional, culturally diverse beauty routines as well.

With that, concludes our skin care showdown.