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Well, Stowaway Cosmetics has just
released a set of four face items that are each only...
Is anyone trying anything new and fun lately? I’ve been working on a jar of Hanyul Pure Artemisia Calming Cream that I am loving! It’s like junior hanbang or summer hanbang–has the herbal cred but is light and refreshing instead of heavy.
I recently got two sample sizes of different Shark Sauce flavors and I’ve really been liking them! I’ll have to order a full size soon.
Ooooh! Which sharks?
I got Hanbang and Honey – which wound up as the two winners! I think I will get a full size of the Hanbang.
I love both of those…and I have the Dragon Shark in my cart, too. Chel is a Skincare Wizard.
Hanyul is one of the popular brand! Currently I am using Aloe soothing cream/gel for calming down my skin (from Nature Republic) , but almost gone. Will check it out!
How do you like the Nature Republic aloe gel? I know that one is very popular too!
This is my second bottle of it. Never had any skin troubles with this, even though my skin is sensitive and is allergic to many things around. smells fresh and abundant amount at reasonable prices. Cool and refreshing with mild sticky feeling at first on putting, but soon sticky feeling gone and skin gets smoother after.
I’m testing toners since it appears my HG Enprani Moistfull Booskin has been discontinued (*cries softly*). I’m enjoying the Primary Raw Doyou Soy Ferment Essence Toner as well as Sooryehan’s Bon Extra Moisture Toner. I completely forgot I have the Hanyul Rice Essential Skin Softner (ugh, spelling) in my stash. I admit I am addicted to…[Read more]
Oooh, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the “Softner”! (ugh)
Randomly stumbled upon a VDL Skin P+R=O Overnight Relaxing Cream in my sample stash last night. Genuinely thought they only did makeup so was intrigued enough to try it and was blown away this morning. Had a stress breakout over the weekend and all the whiteheads were reduced to 1/4 of the size (I comboed this with Lotion P50 and CosRX Snail…[Read more]
Happy Friday, everybody! Let’s talk sheet mask hacks! A few of mine are:
-We all know about refrigerating sheet masks for an extra refreshing kick in the summer. But sometimes a cold sheet mask is too much, right? Sometimes I sit on mine or put them behind my back (so they’re pressed between my back and the sofa) for about 10 minutes before…[Read more]
I sit on my masks too! I actually hate the ultra chilled feeling, so I never pop mine in the fridge. (I also hate super cold drinks with a lot of ice, haha.)
I’ve been doing masks as my last step before moisturizer to make sure all of the other stuff beforehand sinks in as well as it can.
It really helps, right? Whereas I find if I use a sheet mask early in my routine, it can slow down absorption of other stuff.
I also hate getting up after a sheet mask to go stand up more and do the rest of my routine! Sheet mask = end of the night relaxing for me, so the less I do after, the better!
Here’s something I didn’t find out for an embarrassingly long time: most hydrogel masks have a front and back side. Usually the side to go against your face has more gel on it that you can kind of scrape with a fingernail. They really don’t work as well if you put them on backwards. 🙈
You know, I wondered about that too. Because unlike cotton masks, most hydrogels have different textures on each side (one side is more textured, the other smooth) and I always wondered if one is supposed to go on your face. Any ideas?
I think it’s the smooth side. That side should be a bit thicker. I’ve seen that in a few Reddit threads, but the first time I saw it was this blog post: https://iamabeautyjunkee.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/korean-hydro-gel-masks-tony-moly-syn-ake-live-snail-hyaluronic-acid/
I poke mine with a fingernail before applying, because I can never remember which is the “right” side hahaha
Sounds like great tips! I’ve never tried face oil under sheet masks before, but I do sometimes use serum before masks! 🙂
When I get lazy or have time before my evening routine after a sheet mask, I press a facial oil on after a sheet mask to seal all that goodness in. My face just GLOWS.
Another tip I learned recently: Store your sheet masks flat, not vertical, to keep the mask evenly saturated in essence.
Also, exfoliate before a sheet mask to help clear the path…[Read more]
The tip about storing them flat was kind of a revelation for me! I have a lot of mine upright in the fridge due to space issues, but I’ve started making sure the one I plan to use is flat for at least an hour before I use it.
I have done all of them! Lol but I noticed that I don’t really like warm face mask. I have the ones that are close to expiration in the fridge and the rest and are basically out at room temp. So most of the time I’ll just pop the ones at room temp right in before using because I just like that cold feeling to my face (even on the winter). Also…[Read more]
That’s why I like oil before sheet mask too!
I appear to be utterly averse to those gel eye patches, but if I slap ’em on and then apply my sheet mask, I’m always happy with the results.
This is a great idea especially for under the eye masks. Not just masks are great in the fridge, other products like some essences are great to put into the fridge to help with the longevity of the product and formulation. I mainly do this during the summer because I am always worried about certain products that have to maintain at a certain…[Read more]
Question for those of you with long evening routines and shorter morning ones–if you have to choose only one serum/ampoule step for your morning, which do you choose? I’m generally a toner/essence/moisturizer/sunscreen in the morning person lately, but today I managed to fit in a layer of the Swanicoco Revol Ampoule Whitening in after my essence.…[Read more]
I love the Su:m37 Time energy Skin Resetting Repairing Serum or the Secret Repair Concentrate serum. However i seem to be the opposite at the moment, with a longer morning routine and shorter evening during these warmer months. I’ve noticed all the hydration and protection i give my skin in the day means i need less treatments at night xo
That’s totally valid too! And I hear suuuch good things about those two products you mentioned.
I’m currently using the Time Energy Serum and was so disappointed. Tried it both day and night and didn’t see any noticeable differences, it was one of the meh-est products I used since I jumped down the kbeauty rabbit hole. My skin also hates the Rose Stick Cleanser, so I’m thinking Su:m37 just isn’t my cup of tea.
I have been going with Benton snail essence and skipping the moisturizer step all together. Granted I have oily/combo skin and I’m also dealing with NYC humidity, so that’s probably the only reason I can skip moisturizer and go straight from essence to sunscreen.
Depending on the humidity (and my patience level), I grab either the Honey Shark from Holy Snails or the Pore Care Ampoule from Sooryehan. The Sooryehan serum works especially well as a makeup primer.
I skip them altogether because the weather will literally melt everything, it’s so hot. Love the Missha Near Skin Smart All in One Cream for mornings as it covers multiple steps and it’s super light. But if I’m having a hormonal breakout I’ll use some Benton Snail Bee Essence before applying the Missha to calm my skin a bit.
I usually go with Stratia Rewind – it has impressively reduced my redness.
Can I bug you for advice? What would you recommend to really boost hydration during the day? I do Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum (you totally sold me on that one!), three to five layers of toners (usually 2-3 different ones), Stratia Rewind, and finally emulsion,…[Read more]
Hmmm I think if those steps aren’t doing it for you, your skin may be severely dehydrated or your moisture barrier compromised somehow. What’s the rest of your routine (night and day)?
For hydrating serums, I have found that Amorepacific Moisture Bound serum is excellent for hydrating for actually retaining hydration (and the gel creme in the…[Read more]
Yeah, I have all these signs. #noregrets
Oh yeah, my favorite K-beauty products!
Budget: Gotta be Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. I just left a short review on the product page here, and there’s a longer review of it on my blog from a couple years ago, but the TL;DR is that it smoothes and soothes and softens my skin like crazy, as well as makes it resilient enough to heal…[Read more]
I like stick-type sunscreens (in a pinch, even an SPF-containing lip balm will work) for eyelids, since those don’t run. But generally I have to admit I just rely on sunglasses :/
Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat for me! Someday they’ll invent a sunscreen pill and all this misery over application will be over, haha.
A sunscreen pill is my dream! Probably the only supplement I’d ever remember to take every day.
I\’ve been super sick the last couple of days, and the worst part is that I had an appointment to get my lash extensions touched up, but I doubt they\’re going to last, since you can\’t get the glue wet for 24 hours, but my eyes are watering uncontrollably every time I cough. RAGE.
Hope you get better soon love!
Thank you! I will for sure. But WILL MY LASHES?!
7 years on and I still find this one of the most helpful posts about skin tone matching for Asians. We aren’t all the same undertone!
That post is epic. I still can’t figure out exactly what I am because my skin tone keeps changing! 🙁
A really helpful post!
I will never not get a kick out of the W2Beauty dads masking for Father’s Day.