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Hello Everyone!

A very Happy 2016 to all!

To be honest, I’m not a fan of painful facials where the technician man(more like woman) handles my face and forcefully squeezes out all my black/whiteheads, scrubs my skin and then masks it – that I can DIY myself at home and be more gentle to my delicate facial skin.

However, I was recommended to try the Dr. Face facial out as it uses an infrared device and all you need to do is to lie inside this “helmet-like” machine for about 30 minutes with a facial mask on and it will work miracles on your face. This latest technology is from Korea & is a USFDA approved technology using far infrared light to deeply penetrate into our skin to rejuvenate the cells.

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I’ve attached the detailed explanation of how this device works above. But what better way to gain knowledge about Dr. Face is to experience it myself.

So here I am at beauty salon, giving it s a shot!

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A pre-facial selfie to capture my skin condition before the facial.

I’ve been pretty busy with planning my own wedding since November 2015 and have not been very religious in my home facial routines. As you can tell my skin is starting to look a little dull, and dark eye rings are showing from the long hours of staring into my laptop searching for wedding ideas, dresses, decorations, hotels, venues etc. It’s a fun process but it will also take its toll on my skin conditions and increase stress levels.

First step of the facial process, like all facials, is to get your skin cleansed of all skincare products like sunblock & make-up and dirt on the face.

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Fran, who’s working on my face, gave me a nice facial massage while cleansing which I totally enjoyed. After which, she started the black/whiteheads extraction process which honestly was not pain-free. (I would skip this step if you don’t enjoy extractions)

After which she applied a Korean medical clinic brand facial cream which helps soothe the skin, prevent redness and moisturise. On top of that she added on an anti-aging facial mask which will brighten and smoothen the skin.

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Every inch of my face was covered with this facial mask serum including the delicate eye area. (facial is full face, I know of some places charging “extra” for the eye area serum)

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Now my face is prepped to enter into the Dr. Face infrared chamber. I will lie inside for 30 minutes with the facial mask on, remove the mask, and another 15 minutes to allow the remaining serum to absorb deeply into the dermis.

After a nice 45 minute afternoon nap, the facial is done. The entire process took about 1.5 hours from start to finish. This far infrared rays are meant to work on tightening the pores, firm sagging skin, whiten, smooth out wrinkles and detox the face.

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The most immediate effect that I noticed on myself was brighter skin tone, and a lifting effect.

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I guess it’s a lot more obvious on older skin. So here’s another example of Fran’s older client who tried Dr. Face. In the photo, you can see the drastic lifting and firming effect on her face. Her eye bags were obviously firmed up and skin tone more even. Even her deep wrinkles smoothened out.

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Conclusion:

Dr. Face is an effective anti-aging facial. And I believe if I constantly do this treatment religiously, my skin will look younger and more radiant after. The true effects of this facial actually showed after 2 days as the collagen levels were boosted up and new cells regenerated. Infrared technology for facial is not new in the market. But this far infrared deep penetrating rays is new for me and much more effective.

Who Offers this Facial?

This facial is currently available at a promotional trial price of HKD$880 (RRP HKD$1500/session) in Hong Kong at:

Nail & Waxing at LKF

Address: No.1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2530 2022

www.nailatlkf.hk

XOXO

Jessica

One of the biggest decisions you may ever make is the decision to have anti-aging treatment. On the one hand, you may be sick of dealing with discolored patches of skin, unusual hair growth, wrinkles, or other blemishes. On the other hand, you may be a bit leery of so-called clinical treatments. The hardest part is in picking the skincare method that is likely to work the best. Two of the contenders are lasers and Dermaroller (micro-needling/collagen induction therapy), but which one is better?
 

The Basics of How Skin Ages

To answer that question you have to start by getting to know the basics of how skin ages. I did some research online on this to find out more, so now I’m sharing what I found out. The primary reason that your skin could develop wrinkles and sags as you get older is that levels of collagen and elastin in your body will naturally drop with age. Those are proteins that give your skin its tight, stretchy appearance and feel. In fact, collagen is commonly referred to as a “building block” of cells. The natural passage of time causes the production of these substances to decrease gradually.

 

Of course, other things help this process along and can contribute to other skin issues, such as discolored spots and dry skin. For example, smoking can age the skin at a much faster rate. So can too much exposure to UV rays or harsh chemicals. So, the aging process doesn’t occur at the same exact rate for everyone.

 

How Dermaroller Treatments Helps to Repair That Damage

Dermaroller is a process that utilizes a tool covered in tiny needles. As the tool is moved over the skin, the needs create puncture marks. The depth of those marks depends on the size of the needles, which in turn depends on the type of Dermaroller treatment chosen. Larger needles tend to be better for treating more advanced skin problems.

 

The point of the process is to purposefully damage the skin. When your skin is damaged in such a widespread but mostly superficial way, it doesn’t do any long-term damage to you. What it does is simply encourage your body to send in the cavalry in the form of healthy proteins, including elastin and collagen. So, once the healing process starts, not only with the Dermaroller damage be repaired, but so will some of your previously existing skin damage.

 

The Differences Between That and Laser Treatment

Some types of laser medical equipment, namely fraxel lasers, work basically the same way. The only major difference is that they use a combination of light and heat, rather than needles. The lasers drill the tiny holes, causing similar damage to what you would see after Dermaroller treatment.

 

Other types of laser devices don’t work in the same way at all, even though they might produce similar results. Non-ablative lasers, for instance, stir up skin cells below the surface. Ablative lasers, on the other hand, focus almost exclusively on the skin’s surface and don’t penetrate to the lower layers, but they can all be used to encourage collagen production and reduce lines, wrinkles, and other skin issues.

 

Making Your Final Skincare Decision

Neither Dermaroller nor laser treatment is better in general, but one can be better than the other in an individual case. For example, you might not qualify for laser treatment if your skin is oily, but you might be a good candidate for Dermaroller. So, the final decision about whether to have one or the other might depend on a variety of factors. You might even find yourself choosing a completely different type of treatment, depending on your situation.

Personally, I do use Dermarollers at home during my home facials and I do have my occasional visits to Dermacare in Ion for laser treatments just to maintain my skin. 

XOXO

Jessica

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Hello!

Hope you had a fun Christmas feasting & partying! But with all those late nights of wining & dining, you will notice fine lines and dark circles around your precious eye area. That’s why I’ve been applying REGEN Cosmetic’s Premium Gold Eye & Spot Patch to prevent those late nights from showing.

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The usage of Gold in skincare products are popular nowadays for its anti-aging properties. But Gold has already been long used by the Japanese, Romans & Egyptians for various skin treatments for its miracle effect on the skin. Cleopatra was known to use  a gold mask every night to maintain her youthful good looks! Gold has been known to stimulate the basal cells of the skin, hence reducing fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes, making one’s appearance more youthful. The ions present in gold help stimulate cells, nerves & veins in the body which improves blood circulation which in turn increases the metabolism of skin cells & expulsion of waste. It also prevents premature aging by preventing dryness in the skin. Gold is also known to reduce the production of melanin hence preventing blemishes from Sun exposure. Collagen production is also increased with the presence of Gold. To sum up, Gold is beneficial to our skin in various ways. It slows down collagen depletion, increases skin elasticity, lightens complexion and stimulates skin cells making skin firmer and younger looking.

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With REGEN Cosmetics’ Premium Gold & Spot Patch, gold is incorporated into its hydrogel patches (Hydrogel reacts to body temperature that closely adheres to the skin and helps the absorption of active ingredients) for its wonderful benefits.  It is formulated in gel like patches that is rich in moisture for easy application and maximum cohesion to deliver its essence straight into your skin.

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The tub consists of 30 pairs of eye patches and 30 pieces of spot patches. Spot patches can be used anywhere on the skin which requires treatment like between the eyebrows for frown lines, on your forehead for expression lines or as shown in my photo for laugh lines etc.

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After a 20-30 minute application of the patches, you will notice a visible reduction in volume of the patch as most of the essence has been absorbed into your skin and the fine lines are plumped up appearing less visible. Do not throw away this residual thin film. You can further melt it down with hot distilled water and use the remaining essence on the rest of your face!

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REVIEW:

After the first application I did notice an obvious decrease in fine lines under by eye. Also, the area looked brighter and dark eye rings are less obvious. I have been using this nightly for about a week, and my under eye area has visibly improved in elasticity and looks smoother and less tired. The remaining melted essence is also added onto my nightly regime under my moisturiser acting as a serum. I love it!

Where to buy:

hermo.sg is selling it at SGD$33.20 per tub (so reasonably priced!)

or you can purchase it directly from REGEN’s online website

regencos.com for KRW28,000

This is my last post for 2014, so here’s me signing off & wishing everyone a dazzling New Year!!!

XOXO

Jessica

Hello Peeps!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I’m finally back online after the cable guy finally fixed up the internet system on Christmas Eve in my new home! (So horrible to not be able to surf the internet freely with my limited data usage on my mobile) If you’ve been following my Instagram (@jessicatan22), you would know that I recently visited Perth, Western Australia. During the long 8 hour flight from HK and 8 days of extremely dry Australian climate, the latest REGEN’s  series of facial masks was tested out for their effectiveness.

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I took along with me the Ultra Skin Moisturizing masks for the extremely dehydrating airplane ride & the Double Effect Collagen Care for a boost of suppleness & radiance to my skin in Australia.

I tried on the Ultra Skin Moisturising mask during the overnight flight from HK to Perth and it worked wonders. Just before I prepared to sleep, I washed my face and removed all traces of make-up and applied on the microfibre sheet mask. The microfibre sheet helps retain much more essence on a same sized sheet compared to other types of sheet masks and it fits every face shape (tried and tested on my boy’s face – fits him perfectly too). It also helps the essence penetrate deeper into our skin.

RESULTS: I slept with the mask on for about 4 hours and when I woke up, removed the crispy dried mask (from the dry air in the plane), my face was fresh, skin was filled with moisture and I didn’t look like I lack sleep. I simply applied a light moisturiser and REGEN’s CC cream as a sunblock and my skin didn’t feel dry the whole entire day when I was out exploring Fremantle & Rottnest Island. I highly recommend this mask to be in your travel essential kit. Especially for those long flights that usually makes our skin out of sorts.

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Photo taken in the afternoon when I reached Rottnest Island immediately after the overnight flight from HK using the Ultra Moisturising Mask

As most of you would know, Australia is known for its dry, arid climate with beautiful sunny blue skies. Beautiful country yes, but one of the most harsh climates for our skin, causing it to age faster than it should. Hence, I also packed in the Double Effect Collagen Care Mask for it’s anti-aging effects and a boost of collagen and moisture to my skin. Holidays are meant to rejuvenate our bodies and not age us!

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RESULTS: Every night I would apply on the Collagen Care microfibre mask just before bedtime to take away the long hours of driving and exploring sunny & dry Western Australia off my skin. And I am glad to say the masks really helped. The usual tightness in my skin in Australia never surface, skin always felt plump and radiant every morning when I woke up, and application of make up was made easier and texture was smoother and firmer. My face looked fresh even though I slept late and woke up early daily.

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Looking fresh after using the Double Effect Collagen Care Mask

This series of facial masks is developed to recreate that perfect baby skin that we were all born with, looking just as smooth and flawless like a Barbie doll. Hence the very apt name “Plastic Skin Solution”.

Here’s the rest of the series and their active ingredients for our different skin needs:

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These masks are available from REGEN’s website retailing at KRW30,000 for 10sheets per box. Very worth it for its effectiveness and amount of essence in each mask IMO.

So that’s all for now, a very happy holidays to all of you & may you have a fun-filled joyous 2015!

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XOXO

Jessica

 

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Helloooooo….

As promised from my review about the 2-Step Synergy Effect mask, I will review the V Fill-Up Mask once I’ve tried it.

This is another facial mask developed by REGEN Cosmetics which has a face slimming, lifting and anti-wrinkle effect. Similar to the 2-Step Synergy Effect Mask, this masks treats and improves your skin and also helps create a slim V-Line (def: A slim and oval face narrowing towards the chin) face.

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The main difference of the V Fill-Up Mask from the 2-Step mask is that the V Fill-Up mask focuses more on a 3D volume lifting effect by filling up wrinkles and improving the elasticity of the skin. The key ingredients in this mask are:

  1. DPHP which helps with the contractile actions of collagen fibres and protects the ellastine
  2. Adenosine components in the essence help improve facial lines and wrinkles 
  3. Hyaluronic Acid absorbed in the skin provides skin with abundant moisture, giving skin a bouncy firm looking facial appearance.

Application of this mask is slightly different as it comes in 1 full piece instead of 2 separate pieces like the 2-step one.

Here’s how to put it on:

Step 1

Apply mask on clean dry face after toner, leaving the chin part to the last

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Step 2

Separate the facial mask at the chin area and hook the openings on each ear, wrapping your chin and jawline tightly.

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Step 3

Leave mask on for 20 minutes. Remove and massage remaining essence into your skin.

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Review:

I noticed the anti-wrinkle and lifting effect instantly, and the very next morning I woke up to plump, smoother, radiant skin which made me very happy! As for the V-shaping effect I find that the 2-Step Synergy Effect mask more effective as that mask wraps around the jawline tighter and applies a firm pressure to that area reducing water retention. Of all the anti-wrinkle masks that I’ve tried so far, this one actually does give a visible result that lasts till the next day. Love it!

Where to Buy:

hermo.sg has it on SALE now at SGD$52.70 (RRP SGD$76.10) per box of 5 sheets.

sasa.com has it on SALE at RMB158 (RRP RMB348)

regencos.com sells at at KRW35,000

XOXO

Jessica

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Hello peeps!

I’ve another product to introduce to you from REGEN Cosmetics – 360º S-Line Body Patch. If you are new to the brand REGEN Cosmetics, do read more about this Korean brand in my review of their star product 2-Step Synergy Effect Mask.

So what exactly is “S-Line”? Well… S-Line is frequently mentioned by Kpop stars and on Korean television –  the Korean way of describing a perfect female form or hour-glass figure. Here’s a list of Korean english terms commonly used to describe physical features: (information from http://www.asianplasticsurgeryguide.com)

S-Line – Ample breasts and buttocks when viewed from the side

S-Line (second use) – Side view: forehead to bridge of nose to tip of nose

V-Line – A slim and oval face narrowing towards the chin (see wide face simulation slidshow above)

V-Line (second use) – The line in-between the breasts

W-Line – Breasts viewed from the front

X-Line – Long legs and arms connected by a narrow waist

U-Line – Exposed lower back in low cut clothing

M-Line – A “six pack” of abdominal muscles on men

D-Line – A pregnant (or pregnant-appearing) abdomen

B-Line – Big breasts, big abdomen

O-Line – Generalized obesity

A small waistline, ample bust-line & a firm derrière is often coveted by most women, which is why REGEN developed this body patch to assist in achieving this goal faster on top of a proper diet & exercise.

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The S-Line Body Patch is a Hydro-gel patch suitable for use even during summer months. It contains Halophyte which is a kind of salicornia extract, to reduce cellulite in your body and firms body tone, Adiposlim an ingredient that is 4 times stronger than caffeine for fat reduction and Cafesilane C to provide moisture while reducing fat in the body. This patch is an intensive treatment designed for use in the tummy, arms and thigh areas (areas we are all concerned about and find it so hard to trim down).

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Application of Patch

  1. Clean and wipe skin dry
  2. Remove transparent film from patch
  3. Paste patch on areas of concern – tummy, thighs and/or arms
  4. Leave the patch on for 3-4 hours to allow the active ingredients to absorb into your skin

I applied the patch on all recommended areas. Even though the box suggests to apply 1 patch on each arm/thigh. I found the patch big enough (measures 14cm x 10cm) to cut it into half instead and use 1 patch for both arms/thighs.

Arms:

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Tummy:

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Thighs:

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Review:

The patch stays on respected areas nicely and does not feel uncomfortable at all. When I applied it, I felt a cold tingly feeling on those areas where the patch is on, signalling that the active ingredients are slowly being absorbed into my body. For effectiveness, I know results won’t be seen overnight, but immediately, I could feel myself getting hungry faster which also means my metabolism rose, increasing the fat burning effect if you exercise after application. I would recommend the use of this patch at night when you go to bed to leave it on without worrying about the patch falling off or wearing clothes to cover it up when heading out as it requires hours of application. And… who doesn’t mind assistance in slimming down stubborn areas while sleeping anyway?

Where to buy:

hermo.sg is having a promotional offer now selling a box of 5 pcs at SGD$52.70 (RRP SGD$76.10)

regencos.com sells it at KRW35,000

These 2 places are the official distributors of REGEN Cosmetics original products. So, I do recommend purchasing from these places to ensure effectiveness and quality.

XOXO

Jesscia

 



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Hello!

I would like to share with you what’s current in my make up stash! For the make-up base I have been using REGEN’s Ultra Toning CC & Ultra Cover BB as a foundation. If you have haven’t heard about REGEN, read more about their star product – 2-Step Synergy Mask in my previous review.

Why I love using REGEN’s CC & BB creams is because of the high SPF coverage which is super important in anti-aging of the skin. And these 2 creams are medically created for post-op skincare, which is perfect for sensitive skin types that protects your skin from the sun, keeps a breathable layer and won’t clog your pores.

Both the CC & BB creams contains these active ingredients:

  • Salicornia europaea extract – improves skins transparency and firms the skin.
  • Hyaluronic acid – creates a veil that traps moisture within the skin preventing dehydration and formation of wrinkles.
  • Madecassic acid – ancient herbal remedy that speeds up wound healing particularly after surgical  procedures. Improves skin elasticity maintaining a more youthful looking skin.
  • Portulaca extract – rich in omega-3 fatty acids and flavonoids. Anti-aging and anti-irritant properties which calms sensitive, itchy skin. Fights premature aging & protects from environmental skin damage.

This is how the 2 creams look against my skin:

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CC Ultra Toning cream is the white based cream on the top; BB Ultra Cover cream is the skin tone one below.

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For me, I use the CC cream everyday either alone or as a make-up base before foundation. The active ingredients in this product makes it a much better sun block to use daily than the off the shelf ones in your nearby pharmacy. Not only does it protect your skin form harmful UV rays, it also maintains your skin like a serum.

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This is me with nude skin, no make up, nadda.

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With just 1 pump of the CC cream, it is enough to cover my entire face and neck. I love the pump head dispenser as it is easier to measure the same amount to use each time and it is way more hygienic! *thumbs up*

Applying the CC cream alone provides minimal coverage of dark circles & blemishes, perfect for a natural, light make up look. With a touch of concealer for the eye-bags & hint of blush, this nude look is achieved in less than 5 minutes.

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Ultra Toning CC Cream review:

I love the natural radiant & dewy look that the CC cream adds to my skin on top of the sun protection. It’s translucent and suitable for all skin tones. It provides an almost no make up look that still brightens up your skin making it look fresh and healthy. Besides that, I know that the active ingredients in the cream helps prevent aging with that serum effect.

If I want a more made-up look, I would add on the BB Ultra Cover cream after a layer of CC cream as the make up base. Providing myself a double protection from the sun.

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Similar to the CC cream, a single pump of it is enough for my entire face. Focusing more on areas with blemishes (under eye & freckles on cheekbones), I would apply more BB cream on those areas. The BB cream has a slightly thicker texture giving your skin great coverage, without it caking up on the skin or creating that thick layer over your skin look as with certain thick foundations.

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The hyaluronic acid in the creams makes application smoother and after numerous usage, I noticed that my skin remains moist and supple even during this dry autumn season here in HK with humidity levels at 50-60%. Perfect for dry weather seasons or long hours in the air-conditioned environments.

As you can see, with the application of BB cream, there’s more coverage but still maintaining a natural tone without a white cast on the face. I’ve tried a few different brands of BB creams and didn’t like them due to the thick unbreathable feeling and the white cast on my face that’s really obvious in flash photography.

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Ultra Cover BB Cream review:

Provides medium coverage that maintains a breathable layer over the skin. Gives an additional layer of sun protection with anti-aging ingredients built into its formula. Thicker texture but does not give a white cast in photos. This BB cream sadly only comes in 1 colour, so it is only suitable for fair to medium-fair toned Asian skin. I would have loved that this BB cream could’ve different colours to choose from to match different toned skin or at least a colour adaptive formula for a wider range of users. It was suitable for my skin tone and provided me more than enough coverage for my lightly freckled skin.

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Conclusion:

To conclude, I would recommend the CC cream over the BB cream as the CC cream is more universal in usage which provides a translucent UV protection with plenty of ingredients that benefits the most sensitive skin. The BB cream is good, but colour tone is not suitable for everyone. The slightly thicker texture may not be liked by all as well even though it provides a breathable layer.

Price:

Singapore (hermo.sg)

  • Ultra Toning CC Cream – SGD$65.90
  • Ultra Cover BB Cream – SGD$65.90

Korea from REGEN Cosmetics website

  • Ultra Toning CC Cream – KRW38,000
  • Ultra Cover BB Cream – KRW38,000

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XOXO

Jessica

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