All posts filed under: Beauty

Review: Aritaum Aloe No Wash Cleansing Water

I have met many cleansing waters I do not like in my search for perfection. I already have a Holy Grail in this cosmetic category, the cult classic Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micellar Solution. That has never stopped me from wandering & trying others though, which is why this Aritaum cleansing water caught my attention. Brand Aritaum is a South Korean brand established in 2008, their parent company is Amore Pacific. The brand preaches more than just superficial beauty, they believe in self-care & offer a full range of cosmetics to care for the entire body. Aritaum has recently made headlines as being part of the trending preservative-free movement. I could not find any information of Aritaum’s social or charitable efforts, but Amore Pacific is active in environmental conservation & promoting female leadership. However, Aritaum franchise owners in North America have filed formal complaints with The Federal Trade Commision [USA Government Agency] against their parent company for anti-trust violations, which Aritaum alleges their parent company pushes an unreasonable financial burden onto individual shops. Product Claims Here …

Skincare Haul: Boots Edition

The traditional drugstores most of the West has come to know & love are elusive in Southern France. No Walgreens, no Boots, no DM. The French Pharmacy culture is world renowned, but it comes at a higher price tag & many lackluster cosmetics. So when I have the opportunity to raid a proper drug store, I do not squander it. I recently had a small Boots at Heathrow within my reach so I thought I would share my haul! Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel Cost: £1.50 / 50 ml, £0.89 per Ounce Notable Ingredients: Vitamin E, Sulfate-Free & Silicon-Free; Full Ingredients This is what started this entire shopping spree! I ran out of cleanser so I went to find a travel size. I do not usually gravitate towards Simple products, I have not had great experiences with the few I have tried & typically something is amiss in the ingredient list for my preferences. Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk Cost: £8.00 / 350ml, £0.68 per Ounce Notable Ingredients: Ginseng, Botanical Oils, AHAs, Fermentation & Algae; …

Review: Neogen Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50 PA+++

Neogen has branded its reputation as a leader of dermaceutical innovation in the K-beauty industry. They are more than just cute packaging. The skincare junkie bloggers seem to love this sunscreen specifically, so obviously I needed to try it! Brand Neogen is a South Korean company that launched in 2009. They advertise their products as all-natural with minimal processing. The brand does go against the Korean skincare trend of a multi-step routine by promoting shorter skincare routines with better cosmetics designed with biotechnology. Product Claims Here are the product claims from Sephora: This lightweight fluid-like sunscreen offers major protection with broad-spectrum SPF 50 PA +++. It offers light but nourishing hydration from rose and raspberry extracts, so those with dry skin can get an extra boost of hydration after layering over moisturizer and normal to oily skin can use this is a moisturizer with sun protection. It protects all day and wears well under makeup, leaving zero white cast or greasy feeling on your skin. There are two major claims that stand out to me …

Unboxing & Review: SweetCorea

A staple of this blog has always been reviewing cosmetics, but I do not often mention the how or where I get my products. Neither do I mention the issues I have had with various sellers over the years because it is not pleasant conversation, I just quietly discontinue using them. I had a fair share of bad luck with K-beauty cosmetic retailers over the last year so I have been searching for alternatives recently. I encountered issues with every single order I placed with RoseRoseShop so I stopped shopping with them years ago. TesterKorea has experienced a string of customer service & shipment missteps recently. BB Cosmetic has always been a great service, but lacks the product selection I seek. I got into a missing package dispute with Jolse that left a bitter taste as a loyal customer for years that never had a problem prior to this incident. All this left me with where to take my wallet for my next K-beauty fix, which happened to be SweetCorea. I have not seen many …

Review: Purito Defense Barrier pH Cleanser

Purito is one of those brand where I truly respect their effort & I want to love their products, I just have not found a love among them to call my own. After the Vitamin C serum fail, I decided to try their pH balanced cleanser because how could a product like this possibly go wrong? Brand Purito is a relatively new Korean-based company, they are cruelty-free & natural ingredients emphasize the 10-Free Skincare Ingredient Philosophy: No parabens, ethanol, surfactants, artificial coloring, fragrance, triethanolamine, phthalein, triclosan, petrochemicals or benzoyl peroxide. The company attempts to reduce their carbon footprint by minimizing cosmetic packaging that is produced from eco-friendly materials. I like you, Purito. Product Claims Here are the advertised product claims from Purito’s website: Low pH 5.5 Botanical ingredients,suitable for sensitive skin Super mild gel cleanser for daily use 10 free system Again, I am liking it, Purito! No outrageous claims, everything presented is plausible & accurate. It is a pH balanced, mild gel cleanser that builds to a mild foam & free of the artificial …

Review: Purito Pure Vitamin C Serum

I have coveted Vitamin C serums for the last five years, it is the first skincare step I introduced to my routine where I noticed a drastic difference & I still notice a difference when this type of product is missing from my regimen all these years later. I have already tried a few duds this year, like Seoul Ceuticals; so I began eagerly eyeballing this Vitamin C serum from Purito in hopes it would be different. Brand Purito is a relatively new Korean-based company, they are cruelty-free & their natural ingredients emphasize the 10-Free Skincare Ingredient Philosophy: No parabens, ethanol, surfactants, artificial coloring, fragrance, triethanolamine, phthalein, triclosan, petrochemicals or benzoyl peroxide. The company attempts to reduce their carbon footprint by minimizing cosmetic packaging & it is produced from eco-friendly materials. Product Claims Here are the advertised claims from Purito’s website: The balance of natural ingredients makes it safe & suitable for all skin types. The ingredient help soothe & smooth blemishes. It builds collagen, diminishes fine lines & wrinkles, lightens age spots, minimizes pores, …

Review: Tosowoong Time Shift First Essence

This essence has stood the test of time, continually trending as one of South Korea’s most popular essence waters on the market. I have been seeking a replacement to my discontinued Holy Grail [Still bitter about that, Missha] so I was held out hope this Tosowoong product from their Time Shift line would be “the one” to make me swoon. Awful pun intended. Brand Tosowoong is a South Korean cosmetic brand that launched in 2004. It quickly became a cult favorite brand, producing botanical based products with a reputation for whitening & anti-aging benefits. The brand initially became known for luxury cosmetics, but their affordable product lines have had commercialized success in recent years. Product Claims I struggled to find this product on a brand website where I prefer to gather advertising information, but here are the product claims from Jolse: Black Yeast Ferment Filtrate contains full of Beta-Glucan which improves skin condition. It protects the skin from outer harmful factors and keeps skin moist and soft with intense moisture. Functional essence for Whitening and …