Review | Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam & Toner, and Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Greetings, guys!

Are you visiting South Korea anytime soon? Do you like Innisfree or at least curious about the brand? Are you still in search for a good facial wash, toner, and/or moisturizer?

In this post, I’m going to feature three Innisfree products I got in my trip to South Korea last November 2016.

  1. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam
  2. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
  3. Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Innisfree to me

I wasn’t actually a big fan of the Innisfree brand. It was just last year that I got myself an Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder via Beauty MNL. I chose it among the various options, as I know Koreans to have good skin and as makers of the best organic skin care products out there.

(Well, I liked how the mineral powder didn’t cause me any break-out, but I didn’t repurchase due to coverage – just plain white loose powder, and because application is messy, and product is pricey for the size.)

My trip to Myeongdong

Anyway, back to my trip to Korea last year, I got so excited when I saw Innisfree outlets all over the place! I told myself I’d be hoarding before I fly back to Manila. And so, on our second day, we started shopping in Myeongdong and my happy hour began!

Click this to read about my my shopping experience in Myeongdong.

Cleanse, tone, and moisturize

Because I believe that beauty is skin deep, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are more important to me than putting nice make up. So, when I entered the biggest Innisfree store I could find in the area (there were many stores in that street alone!), I began scanning the shelves for a facial foam, toner, and moisturizer.

The three items below were my picks and I’ve been using them for six months now (yes, they lasted that long and I think they’d still do for 3 more months!):

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

Promise: Purify pores and cleanse dull-looking skin.

Price in Korea: 5,600 KRW (PHP 237.08)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 517.00

My review: Well, being a writer, I fell for Innisfree’s promising words of fighting off sebum with its Jeju Volcanic pore line. Basically, that’s what we need facial foams for – to purify pores and keep us from having dull-looking skin, right? Well, after using this product for 6 months, I can say it lived up to its promise. With just a small amount of foam, my face feels really clean and purified after every wash. Texture is thick and really foamy when applied to wet face.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner

Promise: Enriched with volcanic cluster and green complex from pure Jeju island, this line helps control excessive sebum for soft skin.

Price in Korea: 12,600 KRW (PHP 533.42)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 1,189.00

My review: I couldn’t live without toner ever since I discovered just washing your face is not enough. A toner is supposed to remove excess oil that would lead to sebum build-up in your face, and that’s exactly what this Jeju Volcanic toner does. It has a distinct smell, but not as strong as the toners I’ve tried before. I like how it leaves my skin matte after every use – ideal before applying moisturizer. I’d definitely repurchase even if ordering it online now would cost a lot (should’ve hoarded in Korea)!

Innisfree Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack

Promise: Whitening pore line takes care of your skin tone, dark spots, and skin texture for transparency.

Price in Korea: 12,600 KRW (PHP 533.42)

Price in the Philippines: PHP 1,356.00

My review: After removing all traces of oil in your face, you should close your pores with a good moisturizer. The reason I didn’t get the Jeju Volcanic Pore Lotion is that I fear it wouldn’t give my skin the moisturizing it needs (since the line is supposed to fight off sebum). Well, I could be wrong with that statement, yet I was right for choosing this pore sleeping pack! It looks strange, but smells nice – a bit fruity. This sleeping pack doesn’t leave my skin oily and it, indeed, improved my skin tone and texture, as it lightened dark spots.

I like that Innisfree puts a one liner promise to their products. It helps buyers identify which among the many Innisfree products would solve their skin problem. It can also mean the brand knows each of its products so well, right? The pressure is on them to live up to each promise they’ve put in the label.

I couldn’t think of any cons for all these three products other than the price, as there are a lot of much cheaper options. But as for me, I’d stick to Innisfree products because they are organic, don’t seem harsh to the skin, and effective for my oil problems. After all, you should be investing in good skin products, right? Especially since we are talking about face here!

Brace yourself for the Before and After photos below!

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BEFORE (Nov 2016)

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AFTER (May 2017)

That’s it, guys. More beauty product reviews coming up. Don’t forget to cleanse, tone, and moisturize every night before you sleep!

Beauty Product Review | It’s Skin 2 PM SPF 50 Sunblock

RIP, my loyal sunblock. You’ve served me well. Thanks for protecting me from the harmful rays of the sun for almost 5 months.

So… I’ve bought this It’s Skin goodie from Myeongdong, Korea in November. It costs 7,000 KRW, equivalent to P 296.35. I believe you can buy it here in the Philippines for around P 400 or more.

I was actually supposed to get a Banana Republic sunblock, if not for my sister. She told me It’s Skin is a premier brand in Singapore and we should take advantage that its sunblock is on sale in Korea. So there, I got one for myself – should’ve gotten 3 if only I knew how good it is!

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It’s milky, but not sticky


You’ll get a 50 ml tube for the said price. I like the classy, gold packaging. For the texture, it’s milky and non-sticky. Very light on your face.

I would attest to the truthfulness of this sunblock’s ‘wrinkle care’ and ‘whitening’ promises. Not much wrinkle in my forehead anymore. I also like how it lasted for almost 5 months – great value for money.

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12 hours after application

There’s a little shine in my forehead, but overall, my face isn’t oily after 12 hours. Amazing, right? It is for this reason I’m thinking twice about trying out another sunblock.

I’ll give this sunblock 5 stars! Nothing bad to say about it, except that I wish there are more It’s Skin outlets in the country. There is one in SM North EDSA if you wonder where to buy it.

I definitely recommend it. I love you, It’s Skin! But for now, let me try Biore UV Perfect Milk.

Review | Be Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

ALL NATURAL and SULFATE-FREE, it says in each bottle.

Had to do something about my seemingly never-ending battle with forehead pimples. After trying different products to dry them and keep my face from being oily, I realized there is one thing I haven’t done yet, which is to change the products I use on my hair.

Since I have thick, wavy hair that is so damaged because I have started straightening it at 4th Grade (yes, you read it right), I’ve always opted for strong shampoo and conditioners over the mild ones. By strong, I meant those made of chemical mixtures I couldn’t even pronounce, hoping they would tame my frizz.

Since then, I’ve always had pimples at my back and forehead.

And it’s just last week that I decided to go for organic hair products.

I browsed through the many choices on my favorite online beauty product catalog that is BeautyMNL. They sell a variety of good products, local and international, offer them at discounted prices sometimes, and deliver nationwide. I have ordered thrice and always get them the next day! Never late!

I got the Be Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner since they are the cheapest at only P 170 each with awesome reviews by customers.

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Be Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, 250 ml

They promise to moisturize and repair hair with plant powered VCO and healing oils.

After reading the reviews in BeautyMNL, I wanted to give it a try immediately since they are organic and rich enough to solve frizzy hair problems, they said. They smell natural and minty, like the shampoo would really clean my hair.

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Back of Be Organic VCO Conditioner

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Back of Be Organic VCO Shampoo

I will use these two tonight and update you on the result. Let me get back to you after a week, I’d probably see some major change in the texture of my hair by then. I also hope it would alleviate my itchy scalp problem caused by dandruff.

Let’s see how my hair would look like after a week –  in my Seoul trip photos, which I’d blog about before this month ends!

I recommend BeautyMNL to you guys. They don’t make you wait, offer authentic products, easy payment options, and respond fast via e-mail.

Good night!

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask Review

Finally got myself this clay mask and its apple cider vinegar sidekick yesterday from Healthy Options, SM Megamall!

Way cheaper than I thought. My total bill was only P 654P 225 for 475 ml Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar + P 429 for 1 lb Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask. Ordering in Lazada would cost you around P 1,200.

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Had to contemplate whether to buy this product or not for some months for the following reasons: 1) prices online were expensive; 2) other masks need not to be mixed anymore; and of course, 3) for fear it may not work on me.

Click the following to know why Bentonite Clay and Apple Cider are good for the skin.

My Skin Type

I have Combination Skin Type. My forehead (fivehead, actually) is always oily, same with my nose, while my cheeks stay fine throughout the day. Just like my family and friends, I also wonder why my forehead pimples almost never disappear, when the rest of my face stays clear. This has been my problem for quite a while now, even if I get facials monthly.

So I got really interested when I saw a friend’s post about this clay mask, saying it helps her save money on facials. It lead me to a research on the product and a lot of good reviews globally! Just had to know where I can get the two on the lowest price possible.

How To Use

To get started, you need non-metal spoon and bowl, and a non-metal brush to spread the mask onto your face. Ratio is 1:1 – 1 spoon of clay: spoon of  apple cider vinegar. Mix until it becomes a paste, but don’t let it dry. Start painting your face!

You’ll smell the vinegar in the whole room, haha! As they say, you’ll feel your face pulsate and tighten. Then it hardens, becomes odorless and starts to crack.

Here’s how my face looked right after washing with warm water:

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(Sorry, too lazy to resist the call of my bed.)

My face feels so clean and smooth! It freed my clogged pores at first use. Hopefully, it would actually help me save money on facials, as it solve all my pimple and white/blackhead problems after some time. Planning to use it twice a week.

Will post a follow-up review after a month! Have a great weekend, everyone! 🙂