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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Laneige Haul (and my skincare routine)

My Mother and I have both been using Laneige as a brand for a few years now, we trust the way they see beauty and the skin and always go back for skin consultations. The saleswomen are always extremely friendly and helpful, all items were bought in the Mong Kok Sai Yeung Choi St 18a store(next to Hollywood Plaza) Bare in mind, there are 2 Laneige stores on the same street.

Last year I had invested in the
Pore Trouble Line, I really liked the items I had which included the Refiner, Emulsion and Hydrogel, sadly the hydrogel has been discontinued, if you know Laneige, then you will realise they "discontinue" a lot of their products every year, and often repackage items and refomulate certain lines.

Foaming Cleanser - This is by far my holy grail makeup remover/ cleanser, I will use this when I have on a full face of makeup, and use it a second time with a facial brush for that extra deep clean, the tiniest amount lathers ever so beautifully.
This product has been repackaged, but is still available at certain online concessions and in limited counters.

Power Essential Skin Refiner Light_EX - I used the Pore Trouble Skin Refiner last year, which contained Salacylic Acid and Triclosan, which really helped to clear the complexion, unfortunately that is another discontinued item, so this time around I went for basic Hydration Light_EX is just a basic toner, there is also EX_2 which looks milky as it has been specially formulated for dryer skins.
All Skin refiners have been repackaged and now contain an increased 200ml compared to the former 160ml(pictured) for that fact, I feel a little ripped off, because I bought 2! Which means I'm out 80mls

Pore Tight Essence - I bought the original one last year which was more like a special treatment(I still haven't finished it - I use it as a primer because of it's thicker consistency) the new version has a slightly more liquid texture, so is great and light for use in daytime, I will tend to use this type of formula during the warmer months when I am prone to getting oilier. 
The previous pore tight essence in the foiled container has been discontinued.

(not yet pictured)Water Bank Essence_EX - Just a great hydrating light liquid essence for use in the daytime for those colder, harsh winter months or even for use in the evening in the summer season.
Water bank essence is one of the few products that Laneige doesn't change as it is one of their "famous" products, one that Laneige is well-known for.

Hydra Solution Essence - This essence is really amazing, I had a few samples last year and was always intrigued, but hadn't the money to spend on it! I would use this in my night routine(preferably in the colder months), it dispenses almost as a gel, but when rubbed in, instantaneously turns into a hydrating watery essence.
This is yet another one of Laneige's great products that does not change formula/get discontinued/ repackaged.
Do keep in mind, Hydra Solution is one of Laneige's more pricier lines, and this specific product only contains 40ml.

Balancing Emulsion 2_EX - Specifically formulated for Combination/Oily skintypes, it has a light feel yet still hydrates well which means it's great for use in the daytime(for summer), I used the Pore Trouble Emulsion last year(which I still have half a bottle of lying around somewhere) which contained Tea Tree extract, Salacylic Acid and Triclosan, but it made me even oilier, which makes me think it would be better for dry skins- but for acne prone(?) I will pass it on to my boyfriend who has acne, but extremely dry skin.
Emulsions have been repackaged but still contain the same amount at 120ml, Pore trouble Emulsion has been discontinued.
The skin consultants describe their emulsions and creams like apparel, we wear layers; such as cardigans over t-shirts, just as we layer creams over emulsions. This is a key-step in Laneige skincare since they are allllll about the hydration

Pore Clear Essence - is a brand new product that launched with the Pore Care line, specially designed to get rid of those pesky blackheads and impurities, it is made to use after emulsion in the daytime, I use this on my trouble areas to help clear it of blemishes and clogged pores.

Water Bank Cream 2_EX - As with Emulsions, there is also a 1_EX variation for dry skins. Water Bank Cream is relatively thick and delivers a lock for moisture, I find that it keeps the skin plump all night long, but can feel heavy, especially with the use of essence and emulsion underneath.

Hydra Solution Cream - a Cream formula that turns to water when massaged into the face and instantly hydrates the skin, Hydra Solution line claims to have Himalayan Snow Water content to better revitalize the skin for a pure and rejuvenated feel. I would use this in conjunction with the essence at night time- preferably around the winter season. They say it "keeps a well balance of richness and refreshment for combination/oily yet dry skin", and I couldn't agree more with that statement.
The Hydra Solution line does not change packaging/formula on a regular basis like other Laneige lines due to it being so popular.

Perfect Renew Dual Touch Eyes - This eye cream has two separate pots, one has an eye cream for day which has SPF25 PA++ that protects against UVA rays then on the right, a moisturising night eye cream that promotes anti-ageing and smooth skin, they even provide you a Laneige spatula that can be inserted in the slot on the back of the casing, I've had a really hard time with eye creams in the past year, I used Clinique's all about eyes, and it gave great results the first few times, but went on to gift a horrible reaction, my eyelid was swollen and dry for weeks! Thank God I have this one now, I even bought a back up!
The packaging of Dual Touch eyes is not very sturdy and rattles a lot, if you prefer; the pots are detachable from the container
Perfect Renew Line was designed with mature women in mind who have concerns with fine lines and, unfortunately as I wear contact lenses quite often, I have the tendency to squint, which has resulted in the early stages of fine lines around my eye contours, I expressed this concern with my consultant and she helped me to choose the best eye cream suited to my need.

Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack - I'm sure everyone is familiar with the Strawberry Yogurt Pack from Laneige, as it has been highly spoken about practically everywhere! I tried this the other day and it smells heavenly, really makes me want to eat it- although I'm not sure that would do me any good. The texture is moderately thick, but spreads evenly and whilst waiting the 15-20 minutes for it to do it's magic, I found it to be a little oily.
Strawberry Yogurt Pack has been discontinued, and is replaced with the Multiberry Special Line.

(not pictured)Water Sleeping Pack_EX - I didn't repurchase this year because I have barely touched mine, it has the exact same packaging as the yoghurt pack with the exception of it being blue, it's good as a special treat every now and again if your skin is feeling dull and dry, but I'm not a huge fan of the scent.Almost all Laneige products are heavily scented, so if you have Sensitive skin, you're best looking into the Sensitive line(which is due to be discontinued in Hong Kong as of August 2011)

Because my Mother and I are firm users of Laneige, we are also part of their reward programme, for each HK$100 spent, you will gain 1 point, the rewards change yearly, last year I was able to exchange 30 points in return for a full sized Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover and Snow Crystal Lip Treatment.
This year I exchanged 40 points for a Professional Selection Blusher and a Multi Function Mascara, all rewards are full sized items, but points do expire in a set amount of time.

Professional Selection Blusher in 01 Pink Gradation. (worth about £20+)
I have to say Laneige is also very generous with their samples, and often if you spend enough they also provide you with little deluxe sample sets


  1. i LOVE laneige products!!! but then again, i seem to love all korean cosmetics or beauty products lately.

  2. Hi there! Just like you my mum and I are collectors of Laneige products. They're all wonderful. I am a waterbank line user but decided to delve into the Hydra solution line but unfortunately the sales person told me they are phasing out this line. I felt so disappointed beacause i adore the hydra solution products. The essence, booster and cream are amazing. I hope they don't just discontinue the line. I hope they'll just repackage, or improve the line or something.