So for my first post I thought I’d start off with a haul of one of my favourite things, Korean skincare. I got all these products from three main places.
The first was Yesstyle, which is a great online store with lots of Korean products as well as a big range of Japanese and Taiwanese ones that I’ll be trying out and blogging about later on. They often have a lot of offers and free shipping to the UK is offered after you’ve spent £30 (it’s hard to spend less, trust me). They have similar offers to other parts of the world and ship to lots of different countries. The post can be a bit slow however, especially if you order something that’s not immediately in stock.
The second was TK Maxx, which sometimes has nothing and other times has lots of discounted skincare products. It’s always worth checking it out just in case.
The last shop is Urban Outfitters, which has been following the recent high street trend of stocking a handful of Korean skincare products. I’ll be doing a post about this a bit later on and reviewing the different high street products available.
Etude House Collagen Eye Patch One Set, £2.01 (Yesstyle)
This is a re-buy and one of my favourite under-eye products. It works really quickly to brighten the skin under my eyes and I feel it makes a visible difference. Etude House is a massive brand in Asia and I’ve yet to find a product of theirs I don’t like. You do only get one set here so in comparison to other products where you can get around 60pcs for around the £10 mark they are that bit more expensive but I do feel they’re worth it.
It’s Skin Todak Todak Pack Moisture, £2.50 (Urban Outfitters)
This isn’t a brand I’m very familiar with so I’m excited to try this out. I found this cute little face pack in Urban Outfitters but they also have a range of It’s Skin Effectors on beautybay.com. This particular one is seaweed and lime, which I’m looking forward to trying as I’ve found products with lime in have really brightened up my skin in the past.
Elizavecca Moisture Sparkle Cream, £5.00 (TK Maxx)
If you’ve heard of this brand then you’ve probably heard of their famous bubble clay mask. They have a lot of exciting products and this one was a steal in TK Maxx, with most places like Yesstyle retailing it at around £12.99. This product is something I’ve used a little before and I feel it brightens up my skin, although as it’s quite heavy I’d recommend using it a few times a week rather than daily, especially if you have have quite oily skin.
Tony Moly Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream, £2.99 (TK Maxx)
This was another bargain from TK Maxx, with this cream retailing at around £10.00 elsewhere. This is a very cute little cream and is for brightening and moisturising your skin. It also contains bamboo extract, which goes nicely with the panda theme. Like the Moisture Sparkle Cream I’ve found this is a bit heavy for everyday use but is great to use a couple of times a week to give your skin a boost. It’s not just a face cream of course and it is great for nourishing your hands in particular.
Innisfree capsule recipe pack (green tea), £3.75 (Yesstyle)
This is another re-purchase and currently my favourite innisfree product. With this I felt a really quick visible difference in brightening my skin. It’s great for if you want to give your skin a quick boost. It’s really easy to use and not particularly expensive. Innisfree is a brand that really focuses on using natural ingredients so their products are great for sensitive skin like mine. I find that I can’t use a lot of face products because of how sensitive my skin is but I’ve never had a problem with innisfree.
Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Rice, £2.35 (Yesstyle)
You can get a lot of innisfree masks wholesale on Amazon and also Yesstyle, in either mixed packs or as a set. As I’ve never tried this mask before I thought I’d just get the one. This particular mask is a bit of a marmite product so I’m excited to try it out. I really like the brand so I’ll be interested to see if I like this one too. Innisfree masks aren’t too expensive, which is great, although you do have to be a little careful as their sheet masks do rip pretty easily.
A useful trick I’ve found for sheet masks is that you can put them in the fridge for a little while beforehand to really get a cooling effect.
SNP Beijing Opera Aqua Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)
Modelled on genuine Beijing Opera masks this looks like a fun little sheet mask to try out. It contains coconut water and hylauronic acid and is designed to hydrate and moisturise your skin.
SNP Gold Collagen Ampoule Mask, £1.99 (TK Maxx)
This is another SNP find from TK Maxx. I’ve been wanting to try out a gold mask for a while now. You can get this one online quite easily from Amazon as well as quite a few other retailers. This mask is designed to both hydrate and firm your skin, which is something I always look for in a mask.
My Beauty Diary White Lily Brightening Essence Mask, 7pcs £11.23 (Yesstyle)
So admittedly this is a Taiwanese not Korean brand but it is one of my absolute favourite brands for sheet masks. While I haven’t tried this particular mask before I’ve used a lot of My Beauty Diary face masks and really liked them so I bought a seven-pack of these ones. The White Lily mask is designed to both brighten and calm the skin, which is great for sensitive skin. These masks are also infused with multi-silk, which is incredibly gentle on your skin. Their masks do tend to be quite small but they’re not particularly expensive and there is always lots of essence left over that you can use either on your body or under make-up to give your skin extra radiance.
Mediheal P. D. F. A. C Dressing Ampoule Mask ex, £1.99 (TK Maxx)
Containing ingredients such as salicylic acid this mask is designed to treat irritated skin and to tackle spots and other problem areas. This is a great mask to try for skin that is both spot-prone and sensitive. Mediheal have a focus on using natural ingredients and on balancing out your skin so their products are great for a whole range of skin types.
Oh K! Coconut Water Fibre Face Mask, £8.00 [3 pack (I may have used one already…)](Urban Outfitters)
These masks are available on beautybay.com, ASOS and many other retailers so they’re not too hard to find. They are a good size and fit nicely so you don’t have to worry about the edges of your face being left out. The coconut water aims to nourish and hydrate so they’re great for giving tired skin a little boost, especially if it’s quite dry.
Kokubo Princess Bath Salts in Smooth and Silky Honey, £3.32 (Yesstyle)
So not technically a Korean product either but this was my impulse buy of the day. Infused with milk extract, vitamins, minerals and royal jelly it aims to promote skin renewal. I’ve never used this brand before but I love bath salts so I thought I’d give this one a try. Kokubo has a lot of bath related products, with a whole range on Yesstyle that I’m sure I’ll be trying out soon.