All posts tagged: skincare

Updated Skincare Routine | Spring & Summer 2019

It has been a while! Some time has passed, as well as some life events. I am settling back into my life in Chicago after living abroad the last few years, reconnecting with people& finding a new sense of home. While skincare is still a staple to my self-care & identity, I do not know the regularity I will be reviewing here. I have another blog, centered on lifestyle & expat experiences. But that has long been neglected as well. I have been refocusing my skincare to incorporate minimal plastic & ethically sourced cosmetics, I have been trying some new products & having a love affair with Klairs so there should be some upcoming reviews in the future! Let’s begin with my new skincare routine, featuring some classical favorites & recent additions… Oil Cleanser: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil Value: $10.49 – 6.5oz / 192ml | Testing I just received this product last week. While an oil cleanser only has one job, I do not feel comfortable passing judgment just yet. It does …

Review: Eucerin Sun Fluid Face Mattifying SPF 50+

I have recently gone on a sunscreen “European Tour” since I made the move across the Atlantic Ocean. I have been all about the Korean suncare life since I started my skincare journey so I wanted to broaden my horizons. I was mindlessly wandering European Pharmacies upon my arrival & I knew as soon as I tested this sunscreen on the back of my hand that I had to make it mine. Eucerin was established as a brand in 1900 by dermatologist, Dr. Isaac Lifschuetz. The German company is known for designing simple products for sensitive skin. The company is owned by Beiersdorf AG, which has historically been a respectable organization. During Nazi Germany, the board had Jewish members that the company helped flee the country & produced Nazi-free advertising during the era. The company refused to lay-off a single worker during the Great Depression from 1930-1933. Most of the sustainability efforts are seen through the parent-company. Beiersdorf has a “We Care” campaign that is designed to show corporate transparency, environmental impact efforts & future sustainability goals. …

The 2nd Annual Skincare Dundies: Favorites & Hate-Its of 2016

Hello, fellow strangers! I apologize for the absence, work hours increased & life became a bit hectic; but consider your fellow Korean cosmetic addict back & ready to slather more things on my face! No better way to rejoin the skincare addicted community than kicking off the holidays with my personal favorite & biased skincare awards, The 2nd Annual Skincare Choice Dundies of 2016! We will discuss this year’s stellar products, brands that were trailblazers & skincare moments we wish we could forget in 2016.

The Skincare Sample Week Challenge II

I apologize for the hiatus! If you follow me on the social media then you might have noticed I am officially a French resident, my first “celebration” of this move was to get sick! I noticed while I was packing for the move from Austria that my skincare sample stash was starting to overflow so it seemed like a perfect time to do another round of Skincare Sample Routine Week! My initial post in April goes into more depth about my attitude towards free samples, personal methodology for de-cluttering & some conclusion statistics on my “sample findings”. The initial post is linked above if you would like to read more, otherwise TL:DR version is I throw away most free skincare samples & I only keep samples I genuinely want to try. The Challenge Before we jump into the samples, I will just preface with a few variables because cosmetics & reviews are such a personal thing! I have a dry & dehydrated skin, my MAC shade in NC20. I do have scent sensitivities that can trigger migraines, but …

Review: Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish SPF 50+

Etude House’s makeup line is internationally renowned, but their skincare products tend to get a bad reputation for their strong fragrances & lack luster ingredient lists. I have seen a lot of improvements in the last few Etude House skincare lines though, this sunscreen is definitely more than just cutesy packaging. Etude House was originally created in 1985 & acquired by Amore Pacific in 1990. Etude literally translates to “Study of Chopin”, which is a French culture scene of young women trying new things. However the most obvious attribute of Etude House is their princess theme, which is obvious by their cutesy packaging & their brand motto is everyone is born a princess. I could find little information on Etude House’s sustainability efforts, but their parent company has done a number of female empowerment campaigns over the last few years & incredibly active in sustainable cosmetic production. PURPOSE This is a physical sunscreen that offers UVA & UVB protection. It is strong enough for normal daily activities, but does not claim to be waterproof or sweat resistant. This product claims to …

Review: Missha All-Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk SPF 50+

I did a major sunscreen haul this summer because I moved abroad & looked forward towards having a more active lifestyle than I had in Chicago! Missha has long been my favorite brand of sunscreens & this particular product quickly became a cult favorite for the season. Missha is one of the big names in the South Korean beauty industry, offering a variety of lines to cater towards the budget conscious & luxury items, along with creating cheaper dupes or high-end brand like SK-II & Estee Lauder. I also consider Missha to be the master of cosmetic sunscreens. Missha also appears to be involved in some sustainability efforts, such as recycling program for environment protection & “assist neglected & estranged neighbors”. I have followed up with Missha, who has great customer service, for further clarification on the latter & I will update one I have more information. PURPOSE This is a combination chemical-physical sunscreen that offers UVA & UVB protection. It is advertised as being waterproof & sweat-resistant. This is designed for sebum control on oily or combination skin so …

Review: Goodal Double Bright Emulsion

I avoided ever using an emulsion, even years after I was a full-fledged skincare addict. I thought it was just a light moisturizer that you put on before a thicker moisturizer at night. It seemed a bit redundant to me, especially if you already use a good moisturizer in your night-time routine… But I was so wrong. I decided to try emulsions after two of my skincare-addicted friends swore by this step & now I could not imagine my skincare routine without it! While I am new to emulsions, I still feel like the Goodal Double Bright Emulsion was one of the best options I could have chosen. Goodal’s name is derived from English “Good + All” as the brand tries to develop products with “all good” ingredients. Their products are known for having fermented ingredients, restoring radiance & vitality to the skin. Goodal is owned by Club Clio, a company that was established in 1993 & known for their makeup products. Goodal is typically associated with the “natural cosmetics” trend & their products are known …