Korean Skincare Haul!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Hiya everyone! It's going to be a long ride today as I bring forth my goodies from Korea – the skincare version. A while ago I did the same but for skincare and it seemed to go down pretty well and some people (by which I mean TWO which is a lot for me) had wanted to see what I got... Here goes nothing, and since I'm not the best product photographer (gimme scenery/outdoor/food/non-products any day) I hope it'll still tingle your eyes...


1. MOISTURISERS AND SERUMS




I've already professed my love for Innisfree in my previous post, because of its more eco-friendly ingredients that the rest of the other high-street Korean brands didn't have. So I picked up the Innisfree Green Tea Eye Seed Cream, and it has a handful of fruit extracts and green tea is supposed to be for an all-purpose skin routine, making it more youthful and less bleargh. And trust me, I've tried loads of too watery eye creams before and they've done nothing but cause my skin to flake up even more. I was surprised by the thicker consistency of this cream too, which was something I'm looking for, especially in the drier and colder months.

Now, moving on... I actually put this in my online basket during Wishtrend's Black Friday sale. I have the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner and its key ingredients are hyaluronic acid and beta-glucan, both of which are supposed to attract dat moisture to keep your face hydrated. RIGHT DOWN THIS ALLEY. Having looked at the ingredients list, I'm liking it so far. Loads of flower extracts to soothe and calm angry skin, and restore calm from redness. I've been using this and I am really enjoying it, and I like how it's watery and not sticky too.

The other pairing I have from Klairs is its Rich Moist Soothing Serum. How much more description does this even need?! The key (ha ha I finally found out the joke) for this is also moisture, something my poor skin suffers from all the damn time. Like the toner, it's also packed with fruit and flower extracts so I'm likin' that. I would say that combined use of the toner and serum really helped me keep it going...

Now the golden product of them all is the Innisfree Ginger Oil Serum. To be fair, I haven't had a chance to use this just yet because I'm in the process of trying to finish up all my old products right now. But from the moment the lady in the store put it on the back of my hand, I was sold. Talk about being suckered in!

Ginger is something of a strange and rising ingredient in the skincare world I feel. I mean, I've long been drinking ginger and honey in the morning but now more and more products claim to have ginger in their ingredients list because of its many wonders. This includes: anti-ageing, helping with acne, tones skin and refreshes your face to its ~glowing~ state. I mean, who doesn't want that? That said, I haven't actually tried it so I'll have to get back to you on that. But I'm quite excited now...

2. SCRUBS AND FACE MASKS 



Ah South Korea, holy grail of the ubiquitous face masks. Need I say more?

To make things easier, I'll tell you what's not a face mask. SKINFOOD's Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Wash Off is made out of real (? I hope) strawberry seeds and black sugar, combining to give you a good exfoliating. It smells so good, and everytime I put this on I always mistakenly lick my lips. Nothing more to say than: I really enjoy this, it gives the skin a good zinger after washing it off, feeling more refreshed.

Now, I've picked up a variety of face masks from Korea and this gurl ain't hauling all of it in the picture. Here are some of the ones that I've been using on rotation though: The Nature Republic Real Fresh Aloe Fresh Mask, SKINFOOD Marine Food Seaweed Gel Mask and Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Sheet Mask (thanks Weng Yee)! Depending of what my mood is, I'll just go between each of the masks I have. Some are tailored to different functions like brightening (pomegranate), soothing (aloe, shea butter) or even more specific ones like the Klairs or the Innisfree Second Skin for extra boost of moisture. I crack those out when I feel like my face is dying...

If you want to know more about which ones I have, drop a comment and I'll let you know :)

3. CLEANSERS + ETC 



Booyah, you've made it to the last section. Okay so remember that mascara (Etude House Curl Fix) from the previous post? That is so. freaking. hard. to remove... And of course I've tried everything and I was panicking and I began scraping (it was a sorry sight) mascara off my eyelashes in the bathroom. Then I had a voila moment. I whipped out my Banila Co. Clean It Zero Purity balm and it broke it down, guys... I never felt so relieved ever. Well that's a lie but you know, for ~journalism's~ sake and all.

Now it's my go-to for heavy makeup days and whenever I use that pesky mascara! They have a range too, and mine is for sensitive skin so I don't get too much redness after cleansing and washing it off. It's non-perfumed too, which gets a huge thumbs up from me!

TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Egg Mousse Soap and Pack was, I confess, a whirlwind and impulse buy. I was gettingthe Dinoplatz lip products and chanced upon this and was told it's super popular and I've seen a few videos/reviews floating around and thought, why not and promptly paid for it... Again it's not something I have tried yet so I'll have to keep everyone updated on that. I mean, eggs are supposed to be good so I'm hoping it'll work its goodness on me. #praisetobeeggs

FINALLY - the Innisfree Eco Nail Remover is a definite 10/10 fave of mine! First, it doesn't smell bad, it actually smells like oranges and puts me in such a happy mood whenever I remove my nail colour. It works like a whiz too, faster than any drug store ones I have already and for the same price. Can't say no to dat value yo.

Phew guys, you did it! I'd give you a gold medal if you've made it this far but I'd be broke so... I'm sorry y'all. Lemme know what your thoughts are on these, if you have any opinions, recommendations (!!) or random Korean suggestions I should take on next :) see you on the flip side!

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