So as I’ve just moved house I did a homeware haul (which of course ended up being mostly beauty products). Hope you guys enjoy this video!
So as I’ve just moved house I did a homeware haul (which of course ended up being mostly beauty products). Hope you guys enjoy this video!
So this is the post to accompany my YouTube video as promised. For those of you who prefer blog posts or just wanted to know a bit more about the products I hope you enjoy this post 🙂
So my first product is the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner (Yesstyle, £13.86). AHA is great for removing dead skin and fading acne scars. BHA (also called salicylic acid) gets into your pores and helps to get rid of whiteheads and blackheads. I’m hoping this will help with clearing up my skin and it’s had a lot of good reviews. COSRX products are designed for acne-prone (and thus sensitive) skin so they are free of major irritants like fragrance.
The second of my COSRX products is this Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser (Yesstyle, £10.58). This cleanser is designed to work in tandem with COSRX’s AHA/BHA products and is, like the above toner, designed to be very gentle on the skin. It’s always good to be aware that ingredients in different products may not always go well together, especially if you follow a multi-step cleansing routine.
I also got a couple of innisfree products in this haul as they are one of my favourite brands and I always manage to find something I want from their products. This cute little product is the innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder in emoji #1 (Yesstyle, £5.83). I got this powder in a limited edition emoji version. It’s just the right size to slip into my bag and just looks so cute.
This innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm (Yesstyle, £11) is a part of a range of Jeju Volcanic products offered by innisfree. I completely forgot I had ordered this product and actually purchased both the clay face mask and nose peeling mask, both of which target clogged pores. I like those products so I’m hopeful about this one too.
I never usually have much luck with BB creams as I have a very awkward skin tone to match to. However this MIZON Snail Repair Blemish Balm (Yesstyle, £14.68) appears to lack the orangeness that BB creams can sometimes have. It is also both a snail product and has metallic packaging (I love anything metallic!) so I couldn’t resist getting this to try out.
Because my skin is so sensitive I normally try and avoid physical exfoliators but I’ve heard lots of good reviews about this Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off (Yesstyle, £8.04). It’s been recommended online by quite a lot of acne-prone YouTubers. It is quite easy to dilute this product just by adding water or toner when you put it and leaving it to sink in rather than scrubbing it into the skin.
This Elizavecca Vitamin C 100% Powder + Vita-Multi Whitening Source Serum (Yesstyle, £11.73) comes in three parts. First is the serum (left), then the vitamin C powder and little mixing serum bottle (below). I don’t usually go for serums that require mixing but this one looked very fun and I really like Elizavecca products so I thought I’d give it a try. Vitamin C is great for the skin and for getting a nice glowing complexion.
To use this product you put a bit of the powder into the bottle and add the appropriate amount of serum to dissolve the powder. Then apply a couple of drops to your skin. Alternatively you can mix the powder and serum on the back of you hand and then apply without using the mixing bottle.
This Elizavecca Milky Piggy Elastic Pore Cleansing Foam (Yesstyle, £8.78) wasn’t actually in my order but was a spare from my sister’s (and who am I to turn down free things?). This cleanser contains charcol, which is a great deep cleansing ingredient. I am hoping that this isn’t too messy a product (anyone who has ever tried the Lush Dark Angel Face Wash will know that charcol can make an awful lot of mess).
I bought this LadyKin Affinitic Whitening Moisturiser (Travel Size) (Yesstyle, £2.88) as a useful little moisturiser to keep in my bag. Again a snail product (they just work really well with my skin) this product is just so cute!
So this OMI Water in Lip (Apple Sherbert) (Yesstyle, £3.62) is actually a Japanese product. I always like to keep a lip sil on me as my lips get very dry and apple sherbert is such a nice flavour that I just had to get this one. I always seem to have at least one Japanese product every time I do a Korean beauty haul. You can get this product in a range of flavours such as peach and strawberry.
So these Showroom Print Earphones with Mic #77 (Yesstyle, £2.88) aren’t actually a beauty product but these super cheap knock-offs of iPhone headphones were too tempting to turn down. If they work they’ll be a bargain as iPhone headphones can be so expensive!
This incredibly cute Etude House Heating Eye Mask (Yesstyle, £3.62) looks perfect for giving my eyes a little TLC. I spend most of my time staring at screens or at books so my eyes get very strained, especially as I have bad eyesight already.
As with any good beauty order I also received a couple of samples. The first is the COSRX Advanced Snail All in One Cream (full price: Yesstyle, £17.96). I actually want to buy this product so this a pretty useful sample.
The second sample is a skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Triple Functions (full size: Yesstyle, £13.21). This conatins gold and caviar, both of which are great ingredients for brightening up your skin. I’ve never tried anything by this brand before so it’ll be nice to try this out.
So I hope you enjoyed this post and please do check out my YouTube channel!
Very exciting news – I am now on YouTube! You can find my first video about my latest Korean beauty haul here:
As always I’ll be reviewing the products in this video as I go and I’ll be posting soon about this haul, with more details on the products if any of you guys are interested to know more.
I hope you enjoy!
My local Superdrug set up a clearance isle so naturally I used the excuse to stock up on a few things. It turned out a bit pink…
All the prices on here are the retail prices. In clearance it came to only £10 altogether.
Garnier Moisture Bomb Camomile Tissue Mask, £2.99 (Superdrug)
This is a new Garnier sheet mask so it’s not being stocked in some shops yet but I imagine it will be everywhere very soon. I’ve not tried any of the Garnier sheet masks before but I’ve heard very good things about them. I wanted to try this range out to compare it with the Korean and other sheet mask products. As this is stocked in many high street shops for someone living in the UK it’d be really useful to have easily accessible sheet masks that I can buy in store. This particular one is aimed at soothing the skin and leaving it nice and soft. It is specifically aimed at sensitive (as well as dry) skin so I’ll be interested to see my skin reacts to it.
Garnier Naturals Rose Water Toner [200ml], £2.29 (Superdrug)
If I were judging this product just on appearance I think it’d win first prize. This cute pink toner is part of the same Garnier range as the mask above and is also aimed at soothing sensitive skin. This is also a new product and contains 96% natural ingredients so it should be as gentle on your skin as it claims.
L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfecting Cleansing Milk [200ml], £3.99 (Superdrug)
Cleansing milks are my current new love at the moment so I picked this one to try out. I like to double cleanse so I use a cleansing milk after my main cleanser to soften my skin and give it a nice glow. I’ve found with cleansing milks in the past that using them by themselves doesn’t leave my skin feeling as clean as I’d like so I wouldn’t use them as a cleanser on their own. I’ve previously bought a toner from this L’Oreal range, which I found a bit heavy for my skin so I’ll be interested to see how this one turns out.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Moisturiser [50ml], £4.99 (Superdrug)
I’ve seen this product before in a pink box but this cute little poka dot one has to be my prefered one. This light moisturiser aims to hydrate your face while not clogging up your pores. If it works as fantastically as it smells then I’ll be very excited indeed.
NIVEA Pearly Shine SPF 10 Lip Balm [4.8g], £2.15 (Superdrug)
When it comes to lip balms you can never have too many. This cute little pink one adds a nice shine to your lips and is great to just keep with you in your bag. I’ve used the NIVEA lip balms quite a lot before and never had any problems so I’m expecting this one to be pretty good.
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.