- FIRST AID BEAUTY | Coconut Smoothie Primer
- COVERGIRL | Total Tease Mascara (WP)*
- ANASTASIA | Dip-brow pomade – Dark Brown
- ROMAND | Perfect Fitting Foundation* – Natural Ivory
- ROMAND | Perfect Styling Eye Palette* – Glam Day
- ROMAND | Multi Blush Duo* – Peach Scandal
- ROMAND | Matte Lipstick* – All that Jazz
- LANEIGE | Water Sleeping Mask
- I’ve loved the previous versions of this and it is the holy grail original sleeping mask for many beauty lovers. This here is the updated version and packaging.
- HERA | UV Mist Cushion
- Another original beauty item here, Hera and IOPE have gone head to head for years for the best highend cushion foundation when the category first came on the market.
- CLIO | Kill Black Liquid Eyeliner
- I’ve giving this one a try since I still haven’t digested the thought of paying ridiculous pricing for my fave Dollywink liner to be shipped overseas and CLIO’s version is a magazine award winnning favourite.
- MISSHA | Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule
- Always been curious of this one and I don’t think I’ve dabbled in Missha skincare.
- TONY MOLY | Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Mask
- Another repurchased item in a new updated formula, its similar to the Laneige sleeping mask but if I recall correctly this focuses more on healing rather than just hydration. I’m hoping it’s still amazing.
Despite being a small category, there’s still plenty of popular items to choose from including the ever popular Elizavecca bubble mask and CosRX skincare but stock does go in and out quickly so be sure to check often or sign up for email notifications. From my last few check ins, it seems they are slowly adding more products here and there but its’ always in small quantities and there doesn’t seem to be any permanent brands which I presume is due to overseas import availability. Pricing is similar to that of eBay although some products are slightly higher. Any thoughts on this K-Beauty update? Or better yet, I’d love to know if you’ve already picked up a few things yourself!
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If you haven’t heard already, essence waters are one of this year’s top words to add to your beauty vocabulary. Having made big waves in Asia over the past few years, they are a combination of toner and high nutrition essence to deliver a potent dose of concentrated skin care benefits in an single easy to use application. Today we’re talking about the Tosowoong First Essence, my first Asian essence water experience!
Product: Time Shift First Essence*
Collection: Time Shift Range (Toner, Serum, Emulsion, Essence, Cream)
Price: 38000WON (approximately $40CAD)
Availability: Tosowoong Website (Int. Shipping), Tosowoong eBay Shop
Would I (re)purchase: Undecided.
One thing to note about essence waters is that they are not meant to be used with a cotton wool. Traditional toners will advise you to saturate the cotton and sweep it all over the skin but essence waters are to be used by dispensing a few drops onto the palm of your hand (hence the small opening) and patted onto the skin for better absorption.
I love how gentle the Tosowoong First Essence is and its been a great product to hydrate, soften and help minimize pore size. However I’m not fully convinced that it’s quite as miraculous as its advertised to be in all its skincare aspects especially for brightening and anti-wrinkle. This would make a great enhanced toner product for those looking to simplify their skincare routine and are looking to upgrade their basic skincare to something with more nutritional benefits while not quite ready to delve into serious anti-aging products. Great for sensitive skin, oily to slightly dry skin types and in my opinion a perfect men’s product as well.
Rejoice my fellow beauty lovers! I’m so excited to recently find out that one of my favourite Korean brands Etude House has just opened up their website for international shipping. Of course this calls for a little further digging and I’ve got all the details for you below.
Popping the dot com extension into your url bar and you’ll head straight over to Etude’s international global website. For those who have been familiar browsing the fun filled Korean site (.kr), you’ll notice that the layout is much more simplistic and easier to navigate. All text are in English and you can shop by category, new products and best sellers.
The global site carries all categories of Etude products including cosmetics, skincare, haircare and accessories however it only stocks a limited selection of the total varieties of product available in each category. Granted what they do offer are the popular products and I expect the offering to increase in the upcoming months as they build more traffic and experience.
As an avid eBay hunter, I’d say the prices are quite decent with a few items even being lower than what you would find on eBay. As a whole I do find eBay prices to be more competitive as many sellers are all vying for your attention (and money) so they are more keen on pushing down prices for that reason.
Pores are the bane of my existence.
While you can cover everything from discolouration to dark under eye circles, skin texture (and pesky pores included) is the hardest to conceal. Though there isn’t a permanent way to shrink pores via topical treatments, I could use all the help I can get in with a little extra skincare. Korean brand Tony Moly would be a familiar name if you’ve dabbled in Asian beauty products or have seen a few of my other TM skincare reviews. Their ever popular Floria line (based on plant and flower ingredients) has expanded into various sub-categories to cater more specific skin needs.
Brand: Tony Moly
Product: Floria Pore Energy Essence*
Price: $30 (?) via YesStyle
Availabilty: YesStyle online
Would I (re)purchase: No
Now if you’ve a long time reader of my blog, you’ll know exactly what I’m about to say here…this product broke me out. Plain and simple, once again my skin has chosen to express its great unhappiness with silicone heavy products by showering me first with a few red dots then with some large and loud painful spots. I’ve tried this on two accounts and ended with the same distressing result so unfortunately this is a miss for my skin type. However, I do know that not everyone has silicone intolerance so do consider your own skin type and history.
Last thing to note is that while this essence does provide light dose of moisture and does not dry out my skin, it doesn’t seem efficient for dry skin, those with easily dehydrated skin or the upcoming winter weather.
The Tony Moly Floria Pore Energy Essence falls into one of those niche categories of “great product, just not for me” and for this I’m no longer using it as part of my personal skincare routine. If silicone heavy products aren’t an issue for you, then consider this a very lightweight skin smoothing, pore minimizing essence that does deliver noticeable results. Unlike many alcohol heavy, astringent products this does not dry out my skin during the process but is much better suited to those with combination or oily skin. The consistency and immediate satisfaction means you can also use this as a light primer for your foundation and the unobtrusive fresh scent easily makes this an unisex product.
SKIN NOTE GEL MASK
With sheet masks being the staple in many people’s skincare routines for their ease of use and fast working effects, Etude’s new generation of masks now come in a gel sheet. Infused with skincare ingredients ranging from deep moisture to pore tightening, they come in a boxed set of 5pc and because there are no liquids to worry about dripping down your chin, you are free to get back to business without missing a beat. These will also make excellent airplane treats during long flights when you really prefer not to make a big fuss while wearing a mask.
A new wave of primers seem to have hit the market, this time with a focus on anti-pollution properties and urban stressors. The Dust Cut line (which also includes a face spray) is formulated to act as a protective barrier against dust and other potentially harmful particles floating in the air. The key is to prevent them from adhering to the skin in the first face so they can also be rinsed off easily during cleansing.
Etude’s Collagen Moistful line is one of their top selling series of products featuring super powered collagen to plump and hydrate the skin. With that, they’ve recently added a CC Cream containing 30% of this much loved ingredient which has a sheer to light coverage and will help extend the hydrating effect of your moisturizer.
Perhaps it’s the pretty pink packaging or maybe it’s the wearable coverage but Etude’s Precious Mineral BB series has truly taken the beauty market by storm ever since it’s launch. It’s gone through at least 4 re-releases and it’s latest reincarnation is called Blooming Fit which boasts oil balancing effects while still providing a glowy look with pearl extracts.
Thin in texture with good coverage and a lightweight feeling, this new Skin Fit foundation seems like a great summer option especially for those living in very hot climates. From swatches I have seen online, the texture is quite thin and it has a slightly powdery dry down similar to that of Benefit’s Oxygen Wow Foundation.
Now that I’ve got your attention, which product would you try?
Brand: The Saem
Product: Tiare Moisture and Relax Cream*
Variation: Soothing version, Relax version, Aloe version.
Availability: W2Beauty (online)
Would I (re)purchase: Possibly
The Saem is a Korean brand which is still rather new to me although they have been quite a hit in recent years. This Moisture and Relax Cream comes in a hefty screw top container and is delicately scented with the perfume of Gardenias (the more popular known name for Tiare Flower).
Now when it comes to fragranced body products, I think everyone has their own taste and tolerance but in this case I feel the mild floral scent indeed helps with the overall relaxing feeling when using this cream. It’s just enough to add to the experience but neither lingers long on the skin nor interferes with my perfume.
The Saem Tiare Moisture and Relax Cream is something I can see myself keeping around during the warmer months where the thick cream textures that I loved during the winter can all of a sudden feel heavy and burdensome on my skin which sometimes makes me skip moisturizing altogether. The soft gardenia scent is definitely a hit with me as I love white florals and this leave my skin soft and comfortable. While this wouldn’t be replacing any of my body moisturizers permanently, it would also be a nice one to pack into your beach bag or on a warm weathered vacation for a little pick me up any time of the day.