All posts tagged: hawaii kona

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: 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 …

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 …