Today I’m posting the first ever post in my new series “Korean Beauty in the UK! 😀
Korean beauty is getting more and more popular in Europe, I’ve seen it everywhere in the drugstores in Poland (my holidays ^^ ) and I decided to search for it in UK too!
Normally I buy my things either from yesstyle.com or one store I will be writing about in the future ^^
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I shop in Superdrug quite often, it’s literally next to my workplace lol
However, if you want me to be perfectly honest, I’ve never seen any Kbeauty stuff there! Maybe it’s because my local Superdrug is not that big but still…
Just a few days ago I came up with the idea of creating this mini-series of Kbeauty finds in the UK and started browsing different websites and thinking about the other places I go to!
Brands and products
On Superdrug’s website, we can find a few Korean brands, not too many though. Half of them are actually Korean-inspired but made in Europe or America. Same with the variety, there’re mostly sheet masks available and there’s no further info on the website if they’re going to increase the brand and product range.
A brand I’ve honestly never heard about it. Checking all the packagings only showed me that this is the British brand with the head office in London. This brand doesn’t seem to have a website so I can’t give you any more info about it.
Prices range from 2,99GBP for sheet masks to 12GBP for a gift set.
A brand made in New York. On their website (which is also their online store) you can find quite a lot of products that are not available in Superdrug at the moment. Their cosmetics are not tested on animals and they have great reviews too! ^^
On Superdrug’s website prices range from 2,99GBP to 3,99GBP and all they offer are face masks.
This is definitely one of my fav Korean brands! It’s really affordable and their cleansing oil is absolutely FAB! On Superdrug’s website, we’ve got some sheet masks and just a couple of other products but I guess that should be enough for everyone to discover the brand.
Today I’ve decided to show you what I bought from yesstyle.com in August ^^ ~!
I shop with them every month tbh because there’s always something I need lol
To get a free delivery to the UK, you just need to spend 30GBP (btw, this post is not sponsored!) so this is about how much I spend there everytime ^^;
Ok, onto the good stuff!
TONYMOLY – Lovely Eyebrow Pencil
I’ve completely finished my Benefit eyebrow pencil (I’m gonna post more in the future post about empties ^^) and I was looking for a cheaper dupe for it. Colour no.6 latte brown looked quite ok online, however, when it arrived to me it was broken inside and sadly the colour was completely different than I thought! It was this horrible super warm reddish brown D: ! The product itself is good in general, but the colour – completely off!
Secret Key – Snail Repairing Gel Cream
From YesStyle’s website:
Snail gel cream contains snail and caviar extracts plus EGF (epidermal growth factor) that helps stimulate cell growth and multiplication. Along with lanolin, non-germ pork placenta and white mushroom extract, the cream helps to soothe, clarify and brighten skin while protecting it from environmental stressors. Apply morning and night.
I’m slowly running out of my night cream (I’m gonna post my evening skincare routine in the future ^^) so I decided to get this one c: I really like snail products, to be honest, even for my combo skin!
MACQUEEN – Fake Up 3 Color Shading
Contour your face with this tri-color palette! Contains coconut oil to moisturize skin, propanediol from fermented corn for smooth adherence and Vitamin E to prevent loss of moisture.
My shading powder has literally just smashed when I was going on my holidays (T-T) so I’m really lucky I got this one! Haven’t tried it yet, hopefully, will be as good as my current one from Too Cool For School ^^
A’PIEU – Pastel Blusher VL01
With 15 shades to choose from, A’PIEU’s Pastel Blusher is your go-to for rosy and natural-looking cheeks. Simply apply the color to your cheeks using the built-in brush to create a healthy glow.
I looooove lavender blushers as the base for my other blush (lol, I’m so extra xD )! The one I’ve got now it’s not that great and it’s almost finished so I just needed a new one :3
The Saem – Natural Mask Sheet Gold Kiwi
Goodal – Mild Sheet Mask Citron (Brightening)
Do you have any of these? Do you like them? ^^ Maybe yu just find them interesting?
You’ve probably noticed already that I’m a huuuugeee fan of Kbeauty! Which also means I love Korean skincare routine ^^ !
In this little post, I’m going to share with you my current morning skincare routine’s products!
Enjoy ^_^ !
My skin is by no means perfect, it’s the complete opposite of perfect, to be honest. It’s combo/oily, I used to have a really bad hormonal acne so I’m left with a lot of scars (you know, this holes in your skin..) and a bit of redness. My pores are also incredibly easy to get clogged, I’m still fighting with the blackheads and whiteheads. Did I also mention that I’m in my late 20s?
Okay, you get the point.
I change my skincare routine from time to time and I also like changing the products I use. Mostly because some of them either don’t work for me, or they just turn out to be too heavy for my skin and congest my pores. Well, these are the main reason for which I wasn’t sure about writing this kind of post…
These products I’ve been using for a while now and I’m quite happy with them. I will probably change them (I will make sure to update you about it, no worries ;D ), but for now, I’m quite pleased with them ^^
1. Primark’s micellar cleansing water
You can actually use any micellar water. Before I was using the one from Garnier. I don’t wash my face in the morning, I prefer to remove all the dirt and sebum with micellar water. I’m just using a cotton pad, soak it with a bit of the product and now I’m ready for the next step ^^
I really like this toner from SKIN79 in the morning, I’ve already got my second bottle! This is a very mild and refreshing toner, it’s also 500ml so it’s gonna last you for a while! For all the dry-skinned folks they also make a pink – moisturising – version ^^
I think that Innisfree is one of my fav skincare brands. This light essence is refreshing and yet hydrating at the same time. I haven’t noticed any difference in terms of my pores tho lol so I think I will be changing this one in the future.
4. Gel cream
I love this product! I know it’s not Korean but oh my god, I’m so looking for a dupe to it! I’ve got a version for combo skin, it’s watery and light but after you use it makes your skin feel so fresh and full of hydration! It’s really a great feeling! I don’t know if you’ve noticed btw, but in the morning I like my skin to feel fresh and hydrated! And I guess this type of products you will see in general when it comes to my day time skincare!
Yes, it’s not a mistake – it’s a product for kids. However, it doesn’t have any funky colour to it so why not use it? It’s a really great SPF, a little goes a long way, it doesn’t have any scent to it and it’s safe to use both on your face and body!
I hope I didn’t bore you to death lol! Maybe you’ve found something new and interesting in this post? ^^
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Cleansing oils are a MUST HAVE for me and they should be the same for you too ^.~ !
They’re very high in emollient oils that not only cleanses but also moisturises your skin! They remove the dirt and even the waterproof makeup without lathering. These are not the typical oils you can find in the kitchen, they are made to be water soluble so they don’t leave that heavy and greasy residue.
Because they’re very gentle on the skin and as I mentioned before they can be very moisturising – I very often hear that they’re the best for dry skin.
However, in my opinion, they’re perfect for ALL SKIN TYPES, as you should follow up with the second cleanser anyways ^^
+ Definitely the best for dry skin
+ very high in emollients
+ low in surfactants
+ removes dirt
+ won’t dry out your skin since it doesn’t produce much lather
+ gentle on the skin
– can struggle with waterproof makeup
– can leave a residue
– can clog pores
+ The best for oily skin
+ high in surfactants
+ low in emollients
+ produces a lot of lather to cleanse your skin thoroughly
+ removes dirt and waterproof makeup (usually quite easily)
+ doesn’t leave residue
– can be drying
At this point, I’m going to mention some other popular cleansing methods!
+ great for all skin types, including sensitive
+ high in gentle surfactants
+ low in emollients
+ doesn’t lather
+ removes dirt
+ doesn’t leave any residue
+ doesn’t need to be rinsed off (HOWEVER! Most of the Korean micellar waters DO say to rinse them off!)
+ gentle on the skin
+ to me personally could do as a second cleanser after oil/balm
– doesn’t remove makeup very well on its own
+ great in emergencies
– don’t remove makeup in 100%
– don’t cleanse your skin in 100%
– you have to rub your skin with them
– may leave a residue
– can be drying
– not good for any skin type, just avoid it!
– disrupts your skin’s protective barrier
– can be irritating
– best to just avoid
– small particles can be irritating for your skin
I hope I’ve touched up on every popular cleansing method and gave you a brief summary on how to find the best cleanser for your skin type ^^ !
If you have any questions about this post, please let me know in the comments section 😀
Korean skincare, in general, will help you understand your skin’s needs so much better, it will also help you to choose right products for it (leave me a comment for more posts about it ^^v )!
Use your SPF!
I think I will be mentioning this one forever! Sunscreens are not only for holiday use! You should wear them every day – yes, you heard me, EVERY DAY!
Sunblocks will prevent sun damage to your cells causing your skin to age prematurely, you don’t want to have wrinkles caused by that, right? Not to mention melanomas, other types of dark spots or even a skin cancer!
Put on your SPF now!
Hands and neck are also important!
Okay, so you started using your creams, serums, all the beauty treatments for your face but you’re forgetting about your neck and hands, right?
It’s a quite common mistake, sometimes I do that too!
At night time I would use my essence to pat it on my neck gently but I usually forget (I’m guilty of that! I know! x.x ) a hand cream!
You can have the smoothest face in the world but if the rest of your body is dry and wrinkly then it’s not gonna look pretty – trust me on that! It also makes you look older than you are!
Use eye cream!
I will never understand that, why people can spend a lot of money on face products but completely leave out eye skin care? The skin around your eyes is just super delicate, super thin and SUPER PRONE TO WRINKLES!
“A” stands for antioxidants!
You’ve heard that word before I’m sure 😉 Antioxidants can be found not only in cosmetics but also in the food you consume! A diet full of antioxidants will definitely pay off in the future!
Vitamins like C and E remove the potentially damaging oxidizing agents from your body, cool thing ^^
Visit a dermatologist!
Especially if you’ve hit your puberty a good few years ago and still suffering from acne! I used to have that problem and in my case, it was a hormonal issue.
Don’t ignore your acne!
The right skincare + rich in antioxidants diet + doctor’s advice = happy skin! ^^
Go for a walk!
Staying active doesn’t mean you need to join the gym (I’m not discouraging you though lol). Just don’t sit down all the time. Staying active is so important!
Thanks to moving, especially on the fresh air, your blood will deliver oxygen to every skin cell in your body!
Also, when you’re moving it produces the serotonin which is called a happy hormone! ^^
Say “no” to hot showers/baths!
I know that after a long day there’s nothing better than a long hot bath (or a shower) to make you feel relaxed. However, in the long run, this pleasure is gonna cost your skin a lot!
You know when your fingers get all wrinkly and white when you sit too long in the bath? It means that the actual moisture is evaporating from your body leaving it dry and dehydrated!
Today I’ve prepared some nice and easy post for you guys! I haven’t done anything like that in ages to be completely honest!
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K-Beauty: July 2018 Empties!
1. SCINIC – Vita Ade Cleansing Oil
The BEST cleansing oil I’ve used so far to be honest! It was my holy grail last year and I swear by it! It’s very delicate for the skin but in the same time very harsh on makeup, so even using it to remove my eye makeup wasn’t causing any kind of iritations! I love it’s citrusy smell and the fact it’s so affordable (online 😀 ). Atm I’m testing more cleansing oils but this one is my NO.1 !!!
2. TONYMOLY – Pocket Bunny Mist (moist)
Very nice mist, I have to admit, plus this super cute packaging!!! I have to tell you one thing about me using face mists: I don’t use them on the face lol! I know, I know.. So how do I use it? It’s simple, I just spray them on my beauty blender instead of using tap water ^^ this mist made the application process so easy and smooth, I love it! The only downside in my oppinion? The price is very often around 10GBP so if you use it as a regular face mist it won’t last you long (60ml :c ).
3. WELCOS – Grape Seed Deep Cleansing Foam
This was a tricky one. I wasn’t very satisfied with this cleanser, it just didn’t do much. And it was a bit iritating on my spots too :c It was also suppossed to have some anti-aging properties but I don’t know, didn’t notice any difference. Plus, I wouldn’t say it’s a foam, it’s actually a CREAM. I know the price was cheap (3.99GBP if I remember well..) but I think I’d rather invest a tiny bit more and get myself a better one.
4. TONYMOLY – The Fresh Phytoncide Pore Gel Cream
I loved using this one! Extremely refreshing scent, super light weight and affordable! I don’t know about this “pore” thing tbh, because I never EVER see any difference with that so I’m not going to debate about it lol. Apart from that, ideal for oily/combo skin, makes your skin look and feel really smooth, overall it’s a great gel cream for everyday use! Also pretty affordable ^^
5. SKIN WATCHERS – Pore Control Essence
Another disappointing one. First of all: TINY BOTTLE! 30ml!!! It just didn’t work for me at all, didn’t do completely ANYTHING to my skin. Didn’t make it better (but at least didn’t make it worse either…) but I think it was just a waste of money :c would not recommend…
6. PETITFEE – Gold EGF Eye & Spot Patch
Quite weird product which I don’t completely understand.. I love under eye patches, really adore them! However with this one… hmmm… weird shape,that’s one thing. I love this typical tear-shaped ones, this one I could never make sit properly under my eyes and not slide x_X uhhh! Two, I still have no bloody idea what’s that “spot patch” suppose to mean. It didn’t help with any spots, so what’s the deal with it? Or maybe it’s a spot on your face where you need some extra hydration or something? Tried it, didn’t work! Didn’t really work underneath my eyes either.
7. ETUDE HOUSE – Wonder Pore Essence
Really cute essence, very nice for oily/combo skin. The consistency was a bit gel’ish but it felt nice and light-weight on the skin. Didn’t cause any iritation, just a nice basic product.
Okay, that’s it for now ^^ Hope you did enjoy this little post!
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