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DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex Review

July 17, 2009
I got in decently late last night and didn’t really have a chance to blog before now so today’s posts are going to be sporadically uploaded throughout the day. I’m usually pretty good about getting up between 5 and 6 AM to squeeze in some blogging time but lately I just haven’t had the energy.

Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula (DDF) Glycolic 10% Toning Complex ($35)
Formulated with glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid known to help increase surface cellular turnover. Promotes clarity and immediately revitalizes skin’s appearance. Minimizes appearance of wrinkle lines. Refines skin texture. Visibly decreases look of pore size.

DDF’s Glycolic 10% Toning Complex is another one of those products that I’m torn on. On the one hand it really does deliver; use it regularly and you’ll notice clearer skin, improved cellular turnover and tightened pores. But it’s also pretty harsh, smells like a dead skunk and can be pretty irritating if your skin is very sensitive.

This Toning Complex is the product I turn to when my complexion is going bonkers and I just can’t seem to get it back under control. Used in conjunction with a good cotton pad, DDF’s toner really succeeds in removing every last bit of dirt and grime from your pores, leaving your face looking and feeling squeaky clean. This plus the fact that the toner sweeps away all the dead skin cells that like to take up residence on your face makes for the appearance of tightened pores and clean, refreshed skin.


But as I mentioned above, this product can be a little on the harsh side as the alcohol content is rather high. I definitely notice some stinging upon first application, and it really doesn’t help that this product smells almost exactly like a skunk’s spray coming out of the bottle. Thankfully the rather disgusting scent quickly dissipates as the product dries.

DDF’s Glycolic 10% Toning Complex is rather amazing for people with very oily skin who suffer from acne, clogged pores, an overabundance of blackheads, or any related skin woes, but I really wouldn’t recommend it if you have very sensitive, dry skin. I make sure my mother doesn’t get anywhere near this stuff as I know it would irritate her skin! I’ve stopped using this as an everyday toner and now use it more as an uber-cleanser every 2-3 days to make sure my pores stay squeaky clean.

Have you tried DDF’s Glycolic Toning Complex? What are your thoughts?

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection for Normal/Dry Skin Review

May 12, 2009
I’ve been meaning to post and respond to comments, but honestly I’ve gotten so wrapped up in the Twilight saga that I just haven’t had the time LOL! I purchased the boxed set two days ago and I’m in the final book, Breaking Down, at the moment. I should be done by tonight and then no more distractions! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this review that I’ve been working on for what seems like forever.

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials for Normal to Dry Skin ($118 value for $50)

What it is: A travel-friendly skincare quartet. AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials for Normal to Dry Skin is a limited-edition ensemble of handy skincare must-haves. These luxurious products are all you need to make your dry skin healthy, resilient, and age-resistant. Keep your complexion youthful and glowing—at home and on-the-go!

This set contains:
– 1.0 oz Moisture Bound Vitalizing Creme
– 1.0 oz Treatment Toner
– 0.25 oz Treatment Enzyme Peel
– 1.0 oz Treatment Cleansing Oil

If you look closely at the photo in this post, you’ll spot items from AmorePacific’s Moisture Bound Introductory Set scattered amongst the myriad of other makeup and skincare goodies I packed for my Korea trip. One reason I decided to pack these was of course because everything was just so perfectly travel-friendly, but more importantly these products when used together make up a great skincare regimen that I knew would soothe my travel-ravaged complexion.


AmorePacific Moisture Bound Vitalizing Crème
harnesses the power of bamboo sap, a blend of Asian botanicals, and red ginseng to nourish and intensively hydrate the skin, restoring its protective barrier and promoting strong resiliency and optimal moisture balance so skin is prepared to withstand environmental aggressors. The appearance of fine lines is minimized and skin becomes comfortable, age-resistant, soft, supple, and luminescent.

I had every intention of loving this rather pricey creme which runs $150 for a mere 1.7 oz, but alas it just wasn’t for me. AmorePacific may have taken the whole “protective barrier” bit a little too literally, as the Moisture Bound Vitalizing Creme never quite seemed to absorb into my skin; rather, it just sat on the surface feeling rather sticky and a ltitle uncomfortable. I will say that for what’s supposed to be a heavy-duty hydrator it’s surprisingly light and almost gel-like in consistency which I quite enjoyed, but rapid absorption is key for me.


AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is a water-activated non-abrasive exfoliating formula that delivers radiant, smooth, youthful results for all skin types. This product was one of my primary reasons for ordering this set, as I’d read such rave reviews of it on MUA, but for some reason I had absolutely no idea that the product would essentially be a powder face wash much like the one I reviewed HERE. While I’m a big fan of Kanebo Sensai’s Silk Peeling Powder, I just may have a new favorite. This isn’t at all abrasive feeling, unlike conventional exfoliators, but you’ll notice an immediate smoothness and luminosity to your complexion, even after just one use. I definitely need the full-size!


AmorePacific Treatment Toner Alcohol-Free Freshener
is a soothing complex that utilizes red ginseng extract in lieu of distilled water for revitalizing benefits, completing the cleansing process, balancing pH, reducing redness and irritation, and priming skin to receive treatment. I’m not too big a fan of moisturizing toners in general as they tend to clog my pores and give me hives for some reason, but this one’s soothing without being irritating. Great for those of you with dry, sensitive skin.


And my other reason for wanting to try this set, the Treatment Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes. I love oil cleansers because they gently and effectively dissolves makeup and impurities, leaving skin soft, hydrated. This formula is much lighter than my much-adored SK-II cleansing oil, making it great for warmer weather, but it’s just as good at removing my makeup and leaving my skin thoroughly clean yet balanced.

While there wasn’t item in this set that I really disliked, if you had to choose just one to try I’d say go for the Treatment Enzyme Peel, I think you’ll love it!

Benefit’s New Moisturizing ‘Woman Seeking Toner’: Available for a Limited Time

October 28, 2008
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Woman Seeking Toner ($32)

This is sure to be your best-kept beauty secret. Much more than a simple toner, this delicate toning lotion hydrates, revitalizes & smooths your complexion. Leaves your skin feeling refreshed & smooth in seconds.

Tips and tricks: After cleansing, apply to your face & neck-colleté with a cotton pad. For maximum revitalizing effect, tap skin lightly with fingers to help lotion absorb. Do not rinse off. Follow with moisturizer. Use morning & evening.

If Benefit’s new moisturizing, revitalizing, and smoothing toning lotion can really deliver on its claims, it sounds pretty wonderful to me! Plus everyone knows I’m a sucker for pink products.

While $32 is a bit pricey for a Benefit toner, I’m mighty tempted to try this since the colder weather has been sucking my skin dry! But I’m wondering why the “limited time only” deal with this–perhaps they’re just testing out the waters before an official launch?

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