All posts tagged: korean cleansers

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 …