Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum Review: The Devil Is a Lie

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                                       Peep this flawless photography.

I actually wasn’t a lazy fuck for once in my life and have written TWO posts in a row. TWO whole posts. I lowkey feel like blogging Jesus. Anyways, today I’m going to be reviewing Mizon’s AHA 8% Peeling Serum, which was purchased after I was fucking around on r/AsianBeauty again. When I started reconstructing my struggle skincare routine, I decided to look for an AHA that would make my skin glow for days instead of looking dull as fuck. I also wanted to fade the dark spots, aka the lovely reminders of my struggles with acne. Shoutout to acne! After seeing everyone and they mama rave about this serum, my product junkie mind concluded I had to have it, and off to Amazon my ass went.

The Claims

 

“A serum formulated with 8% AHA (glycolic acid), which is an ingredient that works to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and helps with hyperpigmentation. The bottle features a convenient dropper dispenser for controlled application. This formulation can help leave your complexion looking smoother, clearer and more even-toned. Ideal for all skin types.”

 

The Ingredients

 

  • Aqua
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lactate
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • Panthenol
  • Allantoin
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
  • Portulaca Oleracea Extract
  • Carica Papaya (papaya) Fruit Extract
  • Arnica Montana Flower Extract
  • Artemisia Absinthium Extract
  • Achillea Millefolium Extract
  • Gentiana Lutea Root Extract
  • Alcohol
  • Polyquaternium-10
  • Disodium Edta
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Fragrance

Looking back at the ingredients list, I should’ve curved the shit out of this serum. Being the newbie skincare junkie I was, I thought that “natural” ingredients equaled happy skin. Castor Oil + extracts + fragrance ≠ happy skin. Despite the laundry list of shit that could’ve irritated my face, the aloe vera extract does have me lit as fuck.

 

Performance

 

Upon the first application, the first thing I noticed was how how nice the serum smelled. It smelled like a concoction of really wonderful smelling fruit and normally I could give two shits about smell. Another petty observation: the packaging was deadass perfection! The serum comes in a dropper bottle, and the dropper dispenses the perfect amount of serum. The consistency of the serum was amazing as well. Its consistency is essentially a liquid that’s slightly thicker than water. The serum also dried incredibly quickly on my skin and didn’t dry my skin out. I actually found the serum a bit moisturizing, which was surprising.

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                               What the serum looks like on my flawless hand.


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What the serum looks like as it dries on my flawless hand(ft. shitty lighting).


When I woke up the next morning, my skin was incredibly soft. No other product has given me that type of smoothness. After years of scrubbing the shit out of my face with St. Ives Apricot Scrub(dark times y’all, dark times) and every other scrub imaginable, this little serum gave me the smoothest skin of my life.

Then, the fuckery begins. After about a lovely week of using the serum once a day at night, I started to notice pimples. Instead of chucking the serum ASAP like I normally would after the CeraVe disaster, I attributed the pimples to purging and was determined to push through. I reasoned to myself that if I could push through this messy ass purging phase, I would emerge with flawfree skin, free of hyperpigmentation, closed comedones, and general fuckery. As usual, I was ridiculously, comically wrong. Towards the end of my third week of using the serum, I had pimples all over my damn face. When I started getting pimples on my chin, I knew the jig was up: this serum was causing me to break out like crazy.

My last little gripe with the serum was that while it smoothed my skin, it had NO effect on the stubborn closed comedones on my forehead. I legitimately noticed no reduction in my forehead’s texture, which was pretty frustrating considering my forehead has been a bumpy mess for years now.

 

Conclusion

 

Y’all, I was so damn bitter over this serum. I was salty as fuck too. I feel like y’all can taste the salt through your computer screens. Or phones. Or whatever you’re reading this Pulitzer Prize winning review on. This serum was such a disappointment because it seemed so promising, but ended up being a big disappointment for me. While the serum did exfoliate my skin and made it soft as shit, the breakouts that followed were not worth the hassle.

Rating: 2/5

Madblackthot’s Rating Scale

1 – What kind of fuckshit? Would give this product to my worst enemy.

2-  Mess. Trash ass product with one redeeming quality.

3 – Meh. Wouldn’t repurchase.

4 – It’s lit! Great product.

5 – My edges have been completely snatched to the gods. Holy grail of holy grails!

 

Some post review rambling: All of the reviews I’ve posted so far are negative as fuck lmao but the next review is Holy Grail material so that’s lit. I’m not going to promise that I’ll post every week because I ain’t shit but I’ve been crazy inspired to write stuff lately. Shoutout to anyone who read my lil rambling mess. Also if anyone cares my name is Audrey lmao.

LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence: The Faux Holy Grail

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                          A super high quality photo of LJH Teatree 90 Essence.

After a long five minutes of deliberation in my shower, I came to the conclusion that I absolutely had to buy LJH’s Teatree 90 Essence. Prior to my shower, I read countless reviews of beauty bloggers declaring this their holy grail product and that they wouldn’t be able to live without it. It made my heart(and my wallet) hurt to spend thirty dollars on an essence, but I did it for my pursuit of flawless skin. Unfortunately, my heart(and my wallet) made a dumb decision by purchasing this because it did jack shit for my skin. By no means is this a terrible product that broke me out in cystic acne, but I wouldn’t buy it again.

The Claims

 

LJH Teatree 90 Essence claims to brighten uneven skin tone, reduce redness, moisturize the skin, reduce sebum production, and generally improve overall complexion.

The Ingredients

 

  • 90% tea tree extract
  • biosaccharide gum-1
  • methyl gluceth-20
  • centella asiatica extract
  • sea buckthorn extract
  • tremella fuciformis extract
  • buddleja davidii extract
  • thyme extract
  • trehalose
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • grapefruit seed extract
  • bambusa textilis extract
  • pinus palustris leaf extract
  • cellulose gum
  • caprylyl glycol
  • 1,2-hexanediol

As yall can see from this list, there’s a shitload of positive ingredients, and I love the fact that the tea tree extract is the first ingredient on the list. I also love the fact that not ONE of these ingredients comes up as an acne trigger on Cosdna.

 

Performance

 

The first time I used this, I was somewhat in shock of how moisturizing it was. After a complete disaster with a tea tree cleanser, I had previously vowed to avoid anything containing tea tree. The cleanser I used was so ridiculously drying that my skin was peeling. This essence, however, is the most moisturizing anti-acne treatment I’ve ever used.

Unfortunately, this didn’t do much else for my combination, acne-prone skin. I was hoping that the tea tree would help to reduce my pimples, or at least prevent them. This essence didn’t necessarily fight my acne, or heal the present pimples on my face. I didn’t notice any reduction of uneven skintone, but I wasn’t really expecting that from a tea tree essence. For the first week I used this, I did notice a tremendous reduction in my sebum production on my forehead. An hour after washing my face, my forehead is usually a greasy mess. The first week I used this, I didn’t notice any oiliness until later in the day. Sadly, it’s magical sebum reduction abilities flaked on me after the second week of using this and my forehead went back to it’s usual greasy mess.

Not related to the essence itself, but I really adored the packaging of the essence. LJH Teatree 90 Essence comes in a small bottle with a glass dropper. The dropper makes it easy not to use too much of the essence at one time.

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                    Another super high quality photo of the packaging. 

Conclusion

Even though LJH Teatree 90 Essence has tons of amazing ingredients for the skin, I personally didn’t notice anything beneficial from using it. While it’s not the worst product in the world, I’m so disappointed because I saw so many people with acne-prone skin making this their holy grail product.

Rating: 3/5

Madblackthot’s Rating Scale

1 – What kind of fuckshit? Would give this product to my worst enemy.

2-  Mess. Trash ass product with one redeeming quality.

3 – Meh. Wouldn’t repurchase.

4 – It’s lit! Great product.

5 – My edges have been completely snatched to the gods. Holy grail of holy grails!

 

COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid Review

After 20 years I have returned to this struggle blog with a review of COSRX’s Aha 7 Power Liquid. See my struggle review down below.

Packaging

This comes in a 100 ml clear bottle with a pump.

Price

I bought this for $12.90 USD on Wishtrend.

Ingredients

Pyrus Malus(Apple) Fruit Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Water, Niacinamide, Sodium Hydroxide, 1,2 – Hexanediol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol

Review

I’m going to start this review off by saying that this stuff smells like straight up shit. It smells like oven baked ass and rotten eggs. Not a pleasant way to start off this review, I know. Just like the BHA liquid, it is a bit thicker than water and it is easy to spread around. It also dries very fast which allows me to move to the next step of my routine. This product claims to reduce sebum and whiteheads, and brighten the skin. I didn’t notice any reduction of sebum, which isn’t really surprising due to the fact that my forehead looks like chicken grease within five minutes. The amount of whiteheads reduced a bit, but I still got the occasional cystic pimple. I was happy that my hyperpigmentation seemed to fade a bit after about two weeks of using this.

Conclusion

COSRX Aha 7 Whitehead Power Liquid isn’t a holy grail for me, but it isn’t necessarily horrible either.Honestly, using this wasn’t really worth it and the fact that it smells like ass makes my purchase less than satisfactory. I find this to be an okay product, and I will be looking for other AHAs to use once this one runs out. This product will be receiving a 3.5/5 stars.