All posts tagged: asian beauty

My Updated Skincare Routine – Autumn / Winter 2018

It is a Wednesday & it feels like I am doing nothing for the first time in quite a while. I have had the free time, but there has been a lot physical & mental energy spent on settling down in the Western Hemisphere while my next visa is pending. It has been a long time, no skincare talk! My routine has been non-existent recently, I just haven’t felt like it. I have moved continents & unsure how long I intend to stay, part of rebuilding a self-care routine & settling into my current lifestyle has been revitalizing my skincare stash. Oil Cleanser: Generic Coconut Oil Value: $4.99 – 14oz / 414ml Repurchase I feel like this defines how uninspired I have felt with skincare lately. I have resorted to using standard coconut oil that can be found on an Aldi shelf. I always have coconut oil on hand to use as a hair mask, my skin is not acne-prone so I can use it to remove make-up without any clogged pores. I have not …

Review: I’m From Vitamin Tree Water-Gel

Moisturizer & oils are a daily require for my skincare regimen, but summers are hot in the mediterranean & this gel caught my attention during my search for a moisturizer slightly less suffocating than my usual occlusive creams. Brand I’m From is based in South Korea, it is a sister cosmetic company of Skin & Lab and Chica Y Chico. The ingredients are spotlight for this brand, I’m From lists the origin & farm name from where it was harvested. I love the transparency, but it was difficult to find other information on this brand. Product Claims Here are the product claims from Wishtrend: The premium whitening water gel is optimal for oily skin where a cream type product could feel a bit heavy. The gel is rapidly absorbed by the skin, and the cooling sensation helps to quickly calm redness. In addition, as certified by the FDA for its whitening function, it transforms the skin to appear brighter and more clear for a radiant look. I think I’m From did a number of things …

Review: Acwell Bubble Free pH Balancing Cleanser

This pH balanced cleanser surged to cult classic status in the K-beauty world last yer. The Klog featured it, social media influencers raved about it & everyone else was trying to their hands on it. This low foaming gel does come with a price tag that rivals mid-range brands from Sephora so I grappled whether to buy this or not for over a year. The popularity has been dying down, this cleanser has been replaced with other trendy cleansers on the Instagram. I am eager more than ever to see if this cleanser lives up to the hype! Brand Acwell seems like it was launched by another South Korean cosmetic company, BNH Cosmetics, in 2009. This is the same year that BNH Cosmetics launched as well. There appears to be some discrepancy, BNH’s site claims to have taken over Acwell in 2009 though I could not find any records of the company existing before 2009. Nothing is inherently negative here, the company has existed for close to a decade at this point. I have some …

Review: April Skin Sugar Coconut Cream

Whenever I find a coconut derived cosmetic, my usual reaction mimics Oliver Twist & requests to have some more, please! Whenever I find a new coconut product I have to try it, always. I slather my hair & cuticles in pure coconut oil, I use it to as my makeup remover if there are not any new cleansing oils peaking my interest. I did not second guess tossing this moisturizer into my cart as soon as I saw it. Brand April Skin is a South Korean cosmetic company that launched in 2014, their tagline is Beauty from Nature. The brand caught some negative attention throughout 2016 for oversaturating the K-Beauty market with sponsored reviews & ads when their BB cushions launched, otherwise they have seem to have stayed clear of any industry issues. The brand has a donation campaign called April Cares that promotes infant & elderly care. Product Claims Here are the claims from the brand website: It contains 87% coconut water which helps moisturize skin, instead of just purified water. Natural ingredients provide …

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 …

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 …