Sunday, February 5, 2017

New in: Korean Beauty

New year, new products - am I right?! 2016 was a big skincare year me, from cutting out dairy completely from my diet to drinking at least 2L of liquid every day (the change in my skin was so apparent I don't know why I didn't start doing it earlier!!), it was a momentous few months for me to keep improving my otherwise usually acne-prone skin.

It was also the year I dove headfirst into Korean beauty properly, and it's been quite something. It's been a wild ride trying to find products that worked best with my often confused skin, But on the whole, I find Asian/Korean products to be more effective for my skin personally, and the secret key of layering moisture  worked best for me, and is where I think k-beauty stands apart from the traditional Western beauty products (which isn't to say I don't still love, of course!)

Some of the new additions...


Heimish's All Clean Balm (~$15 for 120ml) made big waves last year in the AB community as the next superhero balm, rivalling the infamous Banila Co. Clean It Zero cleansing balm. The brand itself is very new and reminds me a lot of Glossier, which emphasises the importance of skin over makeup.

I've started using that after I finished my Banila Co. one, and am loving it so far. Compared to the Banila Co one, this one doesn't have parabens (to each their own about their effects eh?) and seems to work well with more sensitive skin, especially with getting off stubborn eye makeup! While it's not the greenest of balms out there with synthetic ingredients and fragrance, it makes up for it with anti-inflammatory tea tree and eucalyptus.

It's also 120ml, which is 20ml more than Clean It Zero which makes it slightly cheaper overall!


Now, both these were pretty hard to track down because they're not part of your typical Korean 'roadstore' (drugstore) brands (think Etude House, Toly Moly) and is usually found in a Boots/Watsons equivalent. I had to scour a few before I found these though!

Neogen is another brand which I've heard so much of, especially for their Peeling Gauze pads (I also have these) but the Green Tea range ($19 for 160g) is supposed to be a great all-rounder for gentle cleansing, which also comes with real infused green tea leaves! Call it a gimmick, I was sold. The only issue is that it might run out pretty quickly, so I'll have to alternate this with a more 'common' product.

Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to trialling this, especially because Neogen collaborated with Charlotte Cho (founder of Soko Glam!) to bring out her Neogen Green Tea Cleansing Stick, so if it's good enough for her... the brand also prides itself to put skin first, meaning no overly harsh ingredients which may be harmful.

With the Son & Park Beauty Water, I go it because of the golden cult status. Hailed as the Holy Grail of a micellar water-toner-cleanser, it's a fabulous concoction of moisturising toner which tones, cleanses and get rids of any leftover makeup before you go in with your skincare routine.

I've already started using this and the smell is great, and the only downside is that it has alcohol so I use it only when my skin isn't feeling overly sensitive. It gives a clean and moisturised feeling, and we'll have to see whether it really makes a difference after a while. I don't have that much to say of it at the moment, other than it's a good toner.


Sorry not sorry about the excessive use of LINE FRIENDS memorabilia in this shot FYI. Too Cool For School has been floating around on the British shores for a while now (Selfridges stocks the brand, but unsurprisingly, is more expensive), and this palette is a firm favourite in the k-beauty community for a long time.

While I love my Hourglass palette, I'm really interested to see how the TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL Artclass palette (£15 from Amazon) fares as a more affordable alternative. It's not too pigmented, and is supposed to be very natural looking which is great for everyday/work use. So far I've opened and closed it twice just to admire it, ha.


This next one is also from TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL but it's their Dinoplatz Escalator mascara (£19 from Selfridges but I got mine slightly cheaper abroad)... (psst, also a cruelty-free product) And you can't fault them for great aesthetic and branding, which makes it all the more palatable and enjoyable when you use the product. It's a collaboration with a New York architect, featuring cute dinosaurs in the concrete jungle, which was inspired by the city's skyline and has since become one of the brand's most enduring product.

I'm interested to compare this too my all-time favourite of the Etude House Curl Fix, but so far the reviews seem good so fingers crossed! 


I used the lego set to represent killing acne (wow creativity 100% there....) but the COSRX Pimple Patches ($4) are another big hit amongst the k-beauty community. It's supposed to be the best one out there, compared to the many brands that also stock them (I've used NexCare before this) and it's just something about COSRX that makes it just that much more effective at getting rid of a pesky whitehead overnight. 

There's 24 in a pack, which is plenty if you don't get too many spots, but I tend to run out quite quickly given my acne-prone skin (sad) but it's one that I have been going back to. 


Aren't these just the cutest?! My best friend sent these over for my birthday and after knowing about my LINE FRIENDS fascination, These were sold out everywhere in stores and online, and it was just a big surprise when she managed to get them. Friends ~ :')

The Brown mascara is a simple and thin wand, which should be good for a fuss-free and casual day look while the Sally lip tint is a pretty light pink, and I'd use this for topping up a simple weekday lip or if I wanted some colour to my otherwise pretty bland lips. Ha ha.

I haven't tried either of these but I'm looking forward to using them soon for more warmer, and Spring weather :-)

An extra Brown and Sally shot because why not?!

By now, it'll seem *pretty* obvious that my obsession with k-beauty is strong, and if you have any must-have recommendations, please send them my way! While I probably don't need any more to my growing collection, it's always good to be in the know...

The regular programming of the Wild Atlantic Way will be back up in the next post, but thought I'd share some lifestyle-y content to shake things up. Let me know if you've tried any of these, and whether you liked them!
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