Todays post is a review of the Holika Holika Aqua Max Sebum Control Moisture Cream (홀리카 홀리카 아쿠아 맥스 세범 컨트럴 모이스처 크림). This is actually my first korean branded moisture cream! I usually use western brands for skincare but I wanted to try something new so I thought why not give this one a try. I actually choose this cream because I was looking for something that could control my oily skin a little. This one seemed alright and the advertisement sounds promising haha. You can get this cream on beauytnetkorea.com for USD$16.11 (click here).
Something about this product/ Advertisment(troubled skin/dry skin/malnutritient skin) and the other one in blue (All skin type/ soothes skin). I got the green one for oily skin with alot of sebum and too large pores because my skin is oily and troubled at the moment! >.<
Some photos of the packaging
Translation ((by me so may be slightly wrong lol))- 수분 부족번들거리는 피부의 불필요한 피지를 잡아주고 촉촉하게 채워주다대용량 수분 크림입니다.
(Max moisturising cream controles unnecessary sebum on dehydrated skin and moisturizes it)
- 히말라야에서 찾아낸 보습 선분으로 건조함 없이 촉촉한 피부로 케어하며 그린 수분 에센스가 피지 콘트롤 및 모공 수렴에 도움을 조어 맑고 투명한 피부로 가꾸어줍다
(Himalaya raspberry leaves care for dry and not moisturized skin. The green moisturising essence controles sebum while keeping pores clean and transparent at the same time)
[See more about the green moisture ingredient]
*Himalaya Raspberry Leaf
*Green Moisture Essence [Aloe Vera/Mealow Sweet/ Green Tea]: Maintains skin moisture balance while helps removing unnecessary sebum on skin with noticeable sebum controle effect.
So here are a few photos of the sides of the packaging. It's really hard to read anything because well.. pastel blue with white color wasn't the best idea lol
The jar with the moisture cream is made out of glass so be careful not to drop it! >-< I love how it looks like the top is made out of cork but actually its made out of plastic haha
When applied on the skin it feels a little cooling and lightweight. It does feel a little sticky for the first 5 minutes but after that its totally fine. I usually really hate sticky creams but I don't mind in this one because it feel super lightweight and it feels like nothing is on your face at all. All you can feel is the fresh- and coolness of this moisture cream, it's so nice haha~ :'-)
I recommend putting it into the fridge if you live in an humid country for the extra cooling effect!
About the sebum control, I did notice a slight difference but it's nothing really dramatic in my opinion. I usually get an oily nose after about 3-4 hours after washing my face. This time I couldn't feel as much oil as usual on my nose after about 6-8 hours. So I would say it does help a little because it feels like it would kinda bind your oil into the cream?? I'm not sure how to describe this but it doesn't feel uncomfortable or something, it actually feels nice as well! It didn't break me out yet either. I will update this post if this cream gives me break outs or improves my skin by alot!
It does also moisturize your face really well for the whole day. I can say that this cream is alot better than my old face moisturizer because my last one felt so heavy, sticky and it didn't control my oily skin at all! (I used Hildegart Braukemann Balance Cream for references). I do not think its enough moisture for very dry skin though but its nice for oily or combination skin!
Sebum Control: ♥♥♥♡♡
I would recommend this moisture cream to people with oily and troubled skin because it feels really lightweight. I'm not sure about dry skin but I honestly think there are better creams out there for people with dry skin than this one. (I mean why would you buy a sebum control moisture cream when you have dry skin? lol)
If you would like to buy the Holika Holika Aqua Max Moisture Cream
you can get it here for USD$ 16.11 !
((Btw this review is not sponsored so you can be sure that this review is to 200% my own opinion))
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OK first, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS YAAY. I'm almost done with all my exams for this year, only one left !! ♥ I will finally have more time for this blog and for doing nothing and being unproductive haha. Books I recommend to all of you are: Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood and Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world! I love these books so far and they helped me alot to feel calm and less stressed whenever I was sad and worn out from life and school in general. My results are okay so far as well hehe~ I'm so proud of my maths and englisch exam LOL OTL. I only need to work alot on my class participation. Everything will be fine then but I can do it, hopefully ;;;
Also, I'm going to host a giveaway soon too, yay! I wanted to post it a couple of months ago but I forgot about it but I'm going to post it next year for sure! I'm sure you all will like the prices because it will be a 3 Concept Eyes product and a lot of other nice stuff (I don't want to spoiler anymore haha). I bought most of it while I was in Hong Kong (which was a few months ago) but don't worry everything is still in perfect condition xD I would never give you old or even expired stuff! I'm still not sure if I'm going to post the giveaway post next or do a circle lens review first ;;;
Please comment below which option you would prefer~!
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Charmaine K said on December 11, 2014 at 2:49 AM
ahah thats clever how the packaging has dents in it for an easier grip!
Paige Mckinnon said on December 11, 2014 at 6:15 AM
Ohh I love the tub that this Moisturiser comes in~ ^ ^
merve shenme said on December 11, 2014 at 7:44 AM
I use the ultra moisture one as a dried skin person, and I love it too ! Totally worth to my money :)
Fräulein Schnee said on December 11, 2014 at 9:29 AM
How cute is this jar with the lid...It looks so beautiful in your pictures and makes me want to buy and try it :D Nice post :)
Jenny Vi said on December 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Hey darling! This review was awesome and the product seems great!! :) I feel you^^ I'm busy with school,too! But it will be soon gone...Don't worry :)
Jenny Ye said on December 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM
Hey! Thanks for the review.. btw. what camera are you using? :)
Lisa said on December 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM
I really love the design of the jar. The blue is a beautiful color! The price is pretty good, too. I might try it after I'm done with my current cream.
Elina Wagner said on December 11, 2014 at 4:50 PM
What a lovely review! I've been using both, western and korean moisturizers and I prefer the korean ones a fair bit by now. The packaging of this one is really cute! I might give it a go once I run out of my innisfree moisturizer!
Jing-Jing Law said on December 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Thanks for the review! Although I don't have oily skin, I might give the other formulas a go. The name "Aqua Max" makes it sound promising and I have pretty dry skin!!
Rini Cesillia said on December 13, 2014 at 5:52 AM
wow i thought that the top is made from cork too XD
美美 said on December 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM
@Charmaine K.: Thanks alot, Charmaine!! I would have liked the cork lid alot more too haha xD Thanks for reading my posts ♥
美美 said on December 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM
@Jenny Vi: Omg hi Jenny! Thanks for tagging me :-) I will make sure to post it soon! ♥ Good luck on your exams~
美美 said on December 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM
@Jenny Ye: Hello Jenny! Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment~ ♥ I'm using Sony NEX-3 alpha :-)
美美 said on December 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM
@Rini Cesillia: Hello Rini~ ♥ Thanks for reading and sure, I will make sure to post the giveaway post next week or in a few days, please anticipate :'-)
Junjun said on December 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Wahh~ The packaging is so cute! >u< Thanks for reviewing the product!
Sakuranko said on December 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM
I good know see that this cream worked for you, I used this cream and was the worst for my skin T.T and the worst part is that smells delicious but I can´t use it. The packaging is very pretty. Thanks for your detailed review.
Kimmy Kim said on December 17, 2014 at 2:47 AM
Looks so refreshing to apply on :O
thepigs said on December 23, 2014 at 10:35 PM
the jar is sooo cute! thanks for this great review ^_^ it's a bit pricey but i might try it out because my skin is pretty oily ;; the quality of your pictures is amazing ouo would you like to follow each other on gfc and bloglovin? let me know!
美美 said on December 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM
@Junjun: Good luck on your exam!!! ♥ Thanks alot for your visit~
美美 said on December 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM
@Sakuranko: Oh I'm so sorry to hear that maybe you should give the other versions a try T^T Thanks for reading though~! ♥
美美 said on December 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM
@Kimmy Kim: Yes it actually is haha~
美美 said on December 27, 2014 at 1:01 PM
@thepigs: It isn't that prices for the amount you get actually~ Most cream are sold for the same price but contain like 20ml or at most 50ml T^T You should give this a try :-) Thanks for your comment! I don't follow for follow but I will check out your blog :'-) ♥