Share The Love // Sephora Soko To Tokyo 5-Piece Set Giveaway

Giveaway with Sephora Soko To Toyko 5-Piece Set.

I think this Soko To Tokyo Set needs no introduction as its hard-to-get status has us all lusting after it!  I was able to get my hands on these in between the out-of-stock situation.  I requested an extra set knowing this is hard to get & may not be available globally, so I want to at least give one lucky person a chance to own a set of his/her own!



One (1) Sephora Soko To Tokyo 5-Piece Set Including 1 Each of the Following:

Giveaway with Sephora Soko To Toyko 5-Piece Set
  1. Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Pack Facial Mask (1.69 Fl Oz).
  2. Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 25 (0.66 Fl Oz).
  3. Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo (2 x Cool Packs & 1 x Hot Pack. 0.2 Oz Each). See picture on the right for interior content.
  4. Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask (1 Mask).
  5. When Snow Magic Brighten Sheet Mask (1 Mask).



  1. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. 
  2. Very Important!  Be sure to follow instructions in the Rafflecopter widget to complete the 4 requirements.
  3. Also very Important!  Entering your Instagram handle in the Rafflecopter widget does not count.  You must follow and repost within the Instagram app.
  4. Participants must be 18+ years of age.
  5. Giveaway, fake, or business accounts will not be considered.



  1. All entries must be submitted by 11:59PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on July 28, 2016.
  2. One winner will be chosen at random and to be announced on July 30, 2016.
  3. The winner's name will be listed in this blog post & on Instagram post.  Winner will also be contacted via IG.  Be sure to keep your IG account in “public” mode to receive notification.
  4. The winner will receive prize pack as stated above.



  1. Please use caution when trying a beauty product for the first time.  Spot-test your skin first to test for any reaction.
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Good luck!

The Big C - Sephora Sample Roundup with Clinique

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer & Take The Day Off Makeup Remover


I'm so happy I got this sample when it was first introduced!  I've had quite a few primers in my beauty junkyard, so I wouldn't have bought a full-size of this straight up. My usual problem with primer is that even the oil-free formula makes my skin oily almost as soon as I apply it on my face.  This Clinique primer kept my skin matte for much longer - I did not need to blot until after lunch. 

I've already re-purchased the full size, and have converted to the other version of this primer -  The "Colour Corrects" that comes in a light orange color.  Both work wonders. Give them a try!

Available At Sephora



I use cleansing oil to remove makeup and wouldn't go back to the old ways if you pay me a million bucks!  Also, if you follow my journey on Instagram, you know I often go the no-makeup or basic makeup route with little to none eye makeup and light lip colors, so I rarely have the need to use a dedicated makeup remover for these areas.  At the same time, I must say that this product has a very gentle formula - No burning around the eyes and it melts away the makeup quite effortlessly, meaning less pulling and tugging around our delicate eye area. 

I wouldn't purchase the full size since I don't have a use for it, but I would recommend to those who use eye makeup remover on a regular basis because of its gentleness on the skin.

Available At Sephora


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What are some of your fave Clinique products?



Love Me Some Serums - Deep Dive into Clarins, ROC, Mizon & LeeJiHam

#serum #diditwork
Anti-aging serums from Clarins, ROC, LeeJiHam, and Mizon.

My daily skin care routine involves multiple steps and one of them is always a serum.  Serums pack a high concentration of active ingredients because they typically don't contain any of the emollients and thickeners (non-active ingredients) usually found in moisturizers.  Their lightweight consistency also allows our skin to absorb quickly and at a deeper level.  And most importantly, serums often contain great anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants and retinol.  In other words, with just a few drops, you'll be getting a powerful dose of skin benefits that's making this extra step well worth your time and investment!

As for me, I went through a very stressful time a few years ago and it totally showed on my skin.  That's when I added a serum in my routine, so that I could get the much needed hydration to combat my dehydrated skin from the stress.

Needless to say, I’ve tried quite a few since I've introduced it to my daily routine.  Below is my experience with this group from Clarins, ROC, Mizon and LeeJiHam.

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate


I was probably one of the early adopters of this product.  It’s one of the few products that I’ve actually used down to the last drop.  To say I love this is an understatement.  However, there are some drawbacks.  

Like  I feel the hydration right away, but it does not give me the greasy feel at all like some anti-aging products do.  My skin has this glow after application and I could see my skin tone improves as I use it consistently.  The way the product pumps out is pretty cool...there are two semi-circular chambers (photo here shows one side).  As you pump, serums from each chamber comes out separately and you mix it in your palm. 

Dislike  Not much in terms of the actual product, to be honest.  However, the drawbacks are 1) the high price (USD $87.00 for 1.0 oz) and 2) the lack of a smaller size for travel convenience (I've had one too many missing baggage incidences, so now I try my hardest to pack travel-size skin care in carry-on just in case).  To combat the high price, I use it only at night in order to extend the usage.

Fragrance  Low level to none.

Sampling  I've already received a few one-time use samples via my Sephora orders, so it could be an option for trial.  Given that this is a pricy product, it would be a good idea to try it out first via sampling.

Available At  Sephora


ROC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum


I was using this ROC serum consistently before I tried Clarins.  Even though this is a drug-store brand, ROC was developed in France by pharmacist Dr. Jean-Charles Lissarrague in 1957.  Dr. Lissarrague had a strong following of stage actresses at the time as he curated personalized skin care formulas based on their skin concerns.  Needless to say, this affordable drug-store brand is curated and continued to be made in France just like its pricier anti-aging competitions. 

Like  Don't let the mustard yellow color turn you off.  This retinol-based serum packs quite a few anti-aging punches in a tiny bottle.  Similar to my comments for the Clarins serum, I use this for hydration reason.  However, a little something extra from ROC due to its retinol ingredient - skin discoloration improvement.  I have some dark spots and they get worse when I'm in the sun more often.  While the only way to completely remove discoloration is advanced procedures such as laser (with some risks, of course), using this serum helps minimize my dark spots' "mood swing" throughout the sunnier months.

[Those with Sensitive Skin  Retinol-based products are not as powerful as pure retinol products in terms of diminishing discoloration, but they are a good entry into the world of retinol especially for those with sensitive skin.  Pure retinol causes some skin reaction that would normally go away after consistent usage.  However, people with sensitive skin may have bigger or worse reaction, so retinol-based products such as ROC offers a safer option.] 

Dislike  Some may say it's the mustard yellow color, but I don't have anything to complain about this serum.

Fragrance  Low level to none.

Sampling  There is no official samples manufactured by the maker of ROC, but drug stores such as CVS is very good about letting you return even used products if you follow its return policy. 

[Homemade Trial  If you are thinking about getting a little bit of your friend's bottle to try at home, do note that retinol loses its effectiveness if it is exposed to light or air.  It's still a good and economical way to test, but take a small amount and keep it in a non-clear container with a pump (as opposed to an open jar), so that you can truly test out the power of retinol!]

Don't Forget Your SPF  Retinol usage increases your skin's sensitivity to the sun.  Remember to use sunscreen whenever you're using retinol-based or pure retinol products.

Available At  ULTA or any drug store

Did You Know? 
Dr. Lissarrague created the first hypoallergenic skin care product and the first SPF sunscreen.
RoC patented the first pure, stabilized form of retinol for over-the-counter products.
Mizon Skin Recovery Night Repair Seruming Ampoule


I bought this Mizon because I've used and liked their sleeping mask and brightening serum, so I wanted to try another product.  Timing was good, too, as I was commuting between West and East Coasts and I wanted to keep a set of skin care in each home.  I was also hoping I could find a lower-cost replacement for Clarins Double Serum.  Well, cheaper is not always better.  I have very mixed feelings about this product...

Like  I get the hydration that I need from this Mizon serum/ampoule, but somehow the effect feels very short-lived.  Sometimes product gets absorbed quickly into the skin, so not "seeing" the moistened skin may not always be a bad thing. In this case, I have other concerns...

Dislike  Not only is the hydration short-lived, I also don't see much difference after using this serum.  I was starting to wonder if I got a "lemon" or if I somehow got the placebo?

Fragrance  Low level to none.

Sampling  I haven't seen any official samples manufactured by the company.  Another option is to try your friend's bottle if that's available.  There is no known active ingredient, but as a precautionary measure to preserve the effectiveness, use a non-clear container for your sample.  My rule-of-thumb is that if a product comes in a non-clear or non-see-through bottle, it is most likely because some ingredients cannot be exposed to light.

Additional Thoughts  As always, my reviews are based on my own usage experience.  My skin (Combo - 50/50 dry/oily) may react differently to the same products than someone else.  This Mizon is an example - I saw rave reviews on Peach & Lily website where our fellow beauties had great results.  I am super excited that this has worked very well for some, but I'm also here to offer another set of feedback to give you a balanced perspective. 

Available At  Peach and Lily


LeeJiHam Vita Propolis Ampoule


Lee Jiham (LJH) markets itself as a clinically-driven dermatological company with heavy focus on R&D.  When I see such selling feature in a beauty company, I often take it with a grain of salt.  I've worked in the beauty industry long enough to know that most beauty companies have some type of R&D facility and conduct clinical testing if they want to make specific claims on their product (even drug store brands such as Neutrogena and L'oreal have heavy R&D investments).  So whenever I see these "glamorous" selling points, I want to wait and let the products speak for themselves.    

Like  This ampoule is lightweight and does not give me the greasy feeling on the skin.  The packaging has a very sophisticated look and feel.  The triangular box unfolds and there are lots of information on there (only if I could read Korean!).  I also like the ultra-compact size for traveling, on-the-go, or the gym bag. 

Dislike  Ampoule is a more concentrated form than serum and it's meant to be used as a booster when skin calls for special treatments.  I use this daily as I tend to get stressed out easily and that's never good for the skin, so I want to give it a daily "booster".  I've used this LJH down to its last drop...sadly, I didn't notice much difference and, similar to Mizon, the hydration was short-lived as well. 

[Alternative Usage  While it hasn't worked for me as a standalone anti-aging treatment, I realize that mixing this LJH with my concealer (my go-to is NARS) is a great way to add some moisture to it.  Also, because this ampoule is mostly in a clear formulation and very lightweight, it mixes well with other products without distorting the color or texture. One more save from my beauty junkyard!] 

Fragrance  None that I can smell!

Sampling  I have not seen any samples yet, but Glow Recipe does attach samples on every order.  You may be able to ask for one.

Available At  Glow Recipe


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What is your favorite serum?