All posts filed under: Cosmetic Reviews

Review: Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum – 20% Vitamin C

I have recently returned to the birthplace of baguettes from an impromptu visit to my sweet home, Chicago. It would not be a trip home without a few consumer indulgences, which is how I ended up with this little vial of Vitamin C. It was a quick trip so I let my shopping senses take the lead without doing as much research into products or brands as I like to do when time allows. This Seoul Ceuticals review took some unexpected turns as I began researching the product, the real question is where to even begin! Brand If you have followed my blog for any length of time, I try to be an active consumer & use my purchasing power as I see wisely. I will pay higher price tags for products from brands like Amore Pacific that do a lot of social good, I do not buy from brands like L’Oreal that have made past mistakes & have not done enough to compensate for it to earn my favor or money. Seoul Ceuticals is …

Review: Innisfree Jeju Bija Anti-Trouble Cleansing Gel

I have just come around to testing this cult classic cleanser. While cleansing is not the most exciting step of a skincare routine, this cleanser always seemed particularly lackluster for me. However, only trial can prove if this bija is bae or bust. Brand Innisfree is a South Korean company that launched in 2000. Their products are focused on natural ingredients & also one of the only Korean cosmetic companies that is ECOCERT certified, an organic & free trade certification. The company is also involved in local socially conscious efforts that can be done by anyone, such as promoting recycling cosmetic containers & selling handkerchiefs as an alternative to disposable tissues. I do prefer to see more global efforts & corporate transparency from such a big brand, but Innisfree’s parent company is AmorePacific & I have rambled many times about all their great efforts to make the world a better place. Routine Placement The is a water-based cleanser that could be used in AM & PM skincare routine. It would be used as the second …

Review: Tosowoong Natural Pure Propolis Whitening Treatment Essence

It has been an adventure trying to get this essence that has been on my wishlist since 2015, I finally managed to nab a bottle on one of the seemingly rare occasions it was in stock. A good cosmetic is always worth the wait! 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 products, but their affordable product lines have had commercialized success in recent years. Routine Placement An essence is placed towards the beginning of a skincare routine, it would be applied after cleansing. This is a light, watery essence that should be applied after toner or chemical exfoliants if these steps are included in your routine. Product Claims Tosowoong advertises this essence as a dual-functional whitening & anti-wrinkle treatment. While the ingredient list can boast of botanical bliss, it lacks the chemical exfoliants to be anti-aging or skin brightening. Here are the advertised claims …

Review: It’s Skin Green Tea Watery Emulsion

While I have enjoyed recently introducing an emulsion skincare step in my routine, I have struggled with finding just the right product. I found this contender when searching for something lighter & less fragrant than the previously tested Goodal. Complete with the additional benefits of green tea? Yes, please! Brand I was unable to find an abundance of information on It’s Skin as a company. I am unaware when they launched, but they merged with Hanbul Cosmetics in May 2017 to advance its position on the Chinese marketplace. It’s Skin markets it brand concept as Clinical + Skin + Solution, the brand’s research to create optimal formulas for every skin type. Routine Placement There are different recommendations for routine order depending on the source.  Some product instructions will say this product step is a “preparation treatment” for essences & serums so it would be applied after toners & before any other products. I personally place emulsions towards the end of my skincare routine. My routine is ordered from watery-to-thick products, exception being anti-aging or chemical …

Review: Tosowoong Natural Pure Apricot Seed Cleansing Oil

This was a year I avoided uncertainty, I returned to cosmetics I previously loved as if it were an archaic migration pattern. I rediscovered products I loved, occasionally found flaws in previously cherished oldies as I had found better alternatives over the years. However, this product made me wonder why had I not repurchased this sooner? 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 products, but their affordable product lines have had commercialized success in recent years. Routine Placement Oil cleansers are the very first step of a skincare routine, followed immediately by the secondary water-based cleanser as part of the Double Cleansing Method. Double cleansing is intended to be done once a day, otherwise it can be stripping to the skin. Product Claims It seems like it is always cleansing products that have the most striking claims. While I like this cleanser & I am …

You Had Me at Aloe: A K-Beauty Aloe Gel Comparison

While aloe is considered a summertime favorite, it is a staple cosmetic for many K-pop idols & beauty gurus. I recently introduced aloe gel into my daily regimen as a replacement for traditional body lotions, but I have always had an aloe plant or cosmetic tub of the gooey stuff on hand. My mum is a redhead that seemingly gets a sunburn if she glances outside & I had a fascination with the oven as a kid so enough said! If you’re unfamiliar with this desert plant, the smooth leaves with a spiny ridge are fragile along their centers. The leaves crack easily, oozing a slimy & watery gel from inside. Aloe is a well researched ingredient & historically used through various cultures. It provides soothing medicinal benefits for skin irritations or burns, it provides some antibacterial advantages as well. Aloe vera’s main claim to cosmetic fame is it hydration properties because the ingredient is 99.5% water. The Products When I began using aloe as an overall body gel last spring, I would purchase an …

Review: Nature Republic Hawaiian Deep Sea Cleansing Oil to Foam

As a reintroduction to my blog after a long hiatus, it seems only fitting to go back to my basics: Playing with Korean cosmetics. A few months ago I visited my homeland of Chicago & indulged in more than a few consumerism splurges I cannot get abroad: Bath & Body Works, Walgreens, Ulta, etc. A newfound cosmetic from the aisles of Target turned out to be one of my favorite purchases from the trip, it is the beloved & popularized Sonia Kashuk Facial Cleanser Dissolving Gel to Oil Makeup Remover. It was a dark day in the French Riviera when I finally used the entirety of that cleanser. Western & Eastern cosmetic trends are not typically aligned so I was surprised to find an all-in-one product from a country that popularized the multi-step skincare routine. I have to try it, obviously! Nature Republic is a South Korean cosmetic company created in 2009. The brand’s tagline is A Sense of the Beginning with an emphasis on utilizing natural ingredients in their products. A controversy occurred when …