My K(+J)-Beauty Skincare Use Up 2018

Sunday, 23 September 2018

It's not all too rare for you to have some skincare products just sitting there, being used occasionally or just not being used at all. Throughout my own journey of learning what skincare works for me, I've learnt that some products just aren't for me or don't have as great an effect on my skin as I need. However, this doesn't mean they are bad products or that they are bad for my skin. It's more a case of there are other types of products I would prefer. I'm intending to looking more into products I want to help certain issues with my skin and I'm planning on a beauty spending ban for the rest of the year unless it's necessary (such as base makeup or eyeliner). So, for when it comes round to getting new products, I don't want products that may end up ignored or are nearly done anyway to be sitting about taking up space. 

So here's a small selection of the products I intend on finishing up by the time 2019 comes around. This is just the skincare section as there are some makeup products, but the amount is vastly smaller.

CLEANSERS


As someone who wears makeup regularly, it's so important for me to make sure I thoroughly cleanse my skin. A big advocate for double cleansing, I find the oil cleanser to be the most important but I want to have an equally good second cleanser. I'm not overly strict with how my cleansers are, as long as they don't give me that artificially soft skin feeling afterwards and doesn't dry my skin out to no end, then I'm good. Foam cleansers are great for a light wash of the skin and tend to be on the gentle side, so ideal for sensitive skin. However, for me, while they don't cleanse well, I no longer seem to enjoy foamed up cleansers. This is just my own personal preference. So I'm aiming to finish the Innisfree The Minimum Facial Cleanser (originally mentioned in this post) and the Neogen Real Fresh Foam Green Tea Cleanser. Both very good cleansers with nice delicate scents (I particularly love that the Neogen one has actual green tea leaves at the bottom of the package. I just need something a tiny bit more robust on my skin. A non-foam cleanser and one that is actually a Japanese product is the Rosette Cleansing Paste Acne Clear Cleanser. This was the first Japanese cosmetic product I have tried and one that I enjoy using. It helps aid acne clearing when my breakout begins to subside but because I have had it for quite a while, I would rather finish it than use it many years later.

TONERS


I love, love, love my toners and they are definitely a product I end up owning too many of. My preferred method of applying is to put an amount in the palm of my hand and gently pat it onto my skin until it is absorbed. Sometimes repeating this multiple times. A different method than using typical cotton pads as I often worry about product waste. Two toners I'm going to use up are the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener (mentioned here) this is one of those cult K-beauty toners that everyone has had at one time or another. I really do like this toner, however, I have about 3 months until it expires, so this will be the one I try to use up first. Alongside this is the Innisfree The Minimum Toner. This toner made me fall in love with the concept of spray toners, something so easy and convenient for the busy mum I am in the mornings when I don't have a lot of time to focus on skincare.

AMPOULE


So there is actually only one product here and that is the Innisfree The Minimum Serum Ampoule. A product I have enjoyed and is actually the one in this list that has the least amount of product left of it. It didn't have as drastic an effect that my skin actually needs, but it did help me add some extra moisture into my skin overall.

WHAT'S COMING NEXT?

There are actually a few skincare brands I intend on purchasing from when the new year begins and you can bet you will be seeing a massive haul of those products. I've yet to be able to try out Cosrx, a very highly praised brand when it comes to Korean beauty and I particularly want to try the AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, for which I have seen a lot of positive reviews from. There are also a few more Innisfree products I want to get my hands on and I feel like I want to dip my toes into mid-range brands such as Huxley, Heimish and more. While I am using up the last of my Innisfree The Minimum line, I fully intend on replacing them with products from the Etude House Soon Jung line, one that I have sampled before but really want to incorporate into my full routine. 

If there are any brands you haven't seen me talk about that you love or ones you're more interested to know, please let me know and I'll get and research what products tickle my fancy from them. 

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REVIEW // eyenlip Salmon Oil Nutrition Serum + Overall Brand Impression

Wednesday, 19 September 2018


When moving on from the typical cleanse-tone-moisturise skincare routine, one of the first things that became an addition for me was a serum. They're typically great little powerhouses that you can select and choose what is going to benefit your skin the most and what problems you have. This Salmon Oil Nutrition Serum aims to slow down the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing, whiten the skin and help stimulate collagen production. For aspects such as anti-ageing, it's almost impossible for me to test as I don't have any visible wrinkles yet. So I will be reviewing this purely on how it makes my skin feel and look after use. 

This post is in part of a series of posts about eyenlip where I have received I variety of products to try out and in return, review here on my blog for my readers to discover. All opinions are my own, however.

A B O U T   E Y E N L I P 

Eyenlip was launched in 2017 by the founders of beautynetkorea, a stockist and seller of a large variety of Korean beauty brands. They also have their own eBay page where they sell the same items under the username f2plus1 (which is one of my most used and trusted stores on the site). Over the past year or so the brand coming to be, they have been gradually building their repertoire of skincare and makeup products. With the aim of making their products affordable and easily accessible, targeting a number of different concerns.


One of my primary concerns when I first used this product was that it was going to have a hint of a fishy scent due to the fact that it contains salmon oil. Even one of my friends who wanted to have a try of it worried about this. However, the serum has a very delicate floral scent to it. Which, of course, was a pleasant surprise. A lot of serums I use tend to be very thin and water-like, but this one comes in a slight gel type form. This allows it to absorb into the skin almost immediately after application and didn't leave any kind of sticky residue. It also applies very smoothly.

Because of this, this serum has become a very regular part of my morning routine. Making it quick and easy for me to get my skincare done and not have to worry about letting layers dry a bit so I can go onto the next so I can get my make up on for the day. My skin feels soft and moisturised after each and every use and I feel like it has helped contribute to some of my scarring on my face reducing in appearance. 


I love the packaging of this product, it's a large bottle of the serum for one thing (aka. more product!) and the simple and sleek gold packaging is gorgeous too.

I would recommend this if you're looking to add serums into your daytime routine and want something that will help make that quick for you. I think this is a possible repurchase from me as I do like how it makes my skin feel! It's also relatively affordable at just under £10! It can be purchased here from BeautyNetKorea.

My Overall Impression of Eyenlip

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I thought I would take some time to speak about my overall first impression of the brand. I have enjoyed using the products received a lot and appreciate the sheer amount I was given. While some of the products may not be my absolute favourite over others, they are still really good, working products that do as they claim. I think if you're looking into more affordable options when it comes to K-beauty, it might be worth trying them out as their products are so affordable and do work for that price. 

There are a few products that they have I'm quite interested in trying such as the rest of the calamansi range as I loved the sheet mask so much and I'm interested to see how the rest of the range performs. I would definitely be repurchasing the Calamansi Sheet Masks, the aloe vera gel and quite possibly this serum.

Would you be interested in giving eyenlip a try? Let me know below!





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REVIEW // eyenlip Black Snail All-in-One Cream

Monday, 17 September 2018


Moisturising your skin is such an important thing, no matter what season it's best to keep moisture locked in for supple, soft skin. It not only feels better but also ends up being a better base for applying makeup too. Snail mucus is one of those famed Korean skincare ingredients that everyone chooses to mention. It comes across as a ~quirky~ ingredient but is actually something that can be so beneficial to the skin. It's particularly great for its anti ageing benefits. Something that I've only just started to begin looking into with my skincare as I am on the latter half of my 20s now. 

This post is in part of a series of posts about eyenlip where I have received a variety of products to try out and in return, review here on my blog for my readers to discover. All opinions are my own, however.

A B O U T  E Y E N L I P

Eyenlip was launched in 2017 by the founders of beautynetkorea, a stockist and seller of a large variety of Korean beauty brands. They also have their own eBay page where they sell the same items under the username f2plus1 (which is one of my most used and trusted stores on the site). Over the past year or so the brand coming to be, they have been gradually building their repertoire of skincare and makeup products. With the aim of making their products affordable and easily accessible, targeting a number of different concerns.


Of course, while testing this Black Snail All-in-One Cream from eyenlip, I'm not going to see the full anti ageing effects as I'm lucky enough to not have any wrinkles as of yet. However, I'm able to give a general impression of this moisturiser and how it has benefited my own skin.  


Not surprisingly, as a product that has snail mucus in it, the cream itself has a stickiness to it. While taking it out of the tub you will notice it's a little stringy as it's moved about. However, this stickiness doesn't last when applied onto the skin. It's a very lightweight and gentle moisturiser that manages to help my skin overall feel a lot less dehydrated. A little goes a long way and you only need to use a small amount to make sure that your entire face benefits. Because of this, I found it to be a very useful morning moisturiser as it absorbed into my skin within a few minutes, leaving me with smooth skin, ready to apply my make up base. There's nothing worse than using a morning moisturiser and your skin still feels heavy and clogged with moisturiser before having to then apply makeup afterwards. 

I also ended up using this as a primary neck moisturiser. Since this is an area where ageing is supposed to show first, it has helped me keep the skin on my neck protected and hydrated. 

Overall, I've felt quite impressed with this little moisturiser and with a lot in the pot and being less than £5 in price, it's worth trying out at the very least. I would definitely consider repurchasing this if I was in a pinch with money and needed a good quality moisturiser. As with all the eyenlip products, this can be purchased at BeautyNetKorea


Eyenlip also has a set of mini moisturisers from their line, giving you a chance to try out the different ones they have available and see which is most suitable for your skin before dedicating yourself to the full thing. 

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REVIEW // eyenlip Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

Saturday, 15 September 2018


Aloe Vera gel has been a staple in my skincare for the past 8 years. I often find myself buying it regularly and making sure I have some sitting around as a back up for whenever I need it. So, why exactly do I use Aloe Vera so much? From my own experience, Aloe doesn't tend to have the most immediate and amazing visual results, but I do use it as a way to soothe my painful skin, which it works very well for. As someone who suffers from hormonal acne, it's incredibly handy to have this on hand when my flare-ups can cause some pain. 

This post is in part of a series of posts about eyenlip where I have received a variety of products to try out and in return, review here on my blog for my readers to discover. All opinions are my own, however.

A B O U T  E Y E N L I P

Eyenlip was launched in 2017 by the founders of beautynetkorea, a stockist and seller of a large variety of Korean beauty brands. They also have their own eBay page where they sell the same items under the username f2plus1 (which is one of my most used and trusted stores on the site). Over the past year or so the brand coming to be, they have been gradually building their repertoire of skincare and makeup products. With the aim of making their products affordable and easily accessible, targeting a number of different concerns.


Whenever I have a breakout, I always reach for Aloe Vera gel as one of my final steps, usually just before using my moisturiser, or on the very rare occasion I will end up using it as the final step. My skin becomes incredibly sensitive to a number of ingredients and products usually around about my period or when I'm under a lot of stress. Some Aloe Vera gel products can often lead to a burning sensation during these times. However, I've found this to not be the case with the eyenlip aloe gel. The handy tube makes it easy to get the product out in a hygienic way. With a natural scent of aloe to it and how cooling it is (bonus: put the gel in the fridge to make it extra cold!), it makes for a refreshing step to your skincare. 

My spots feel less painful and any tight skin feels a lot less tight. It's a very lightweight gel that glides onto the skin easily and absorbs in good time, not leaving a sticky residue following. One of the main pros of it is that the affordability is incredible. Aloe gel is something I find tends to end up being overpriced, especially when it comes to K-brands, however, this costs the equivalent of £1 when bought directly from BeautyNetKorea.Since I received mine, they have actually made a small change to the appearance of the packaging and increased the volume given by 15ml. A great price for something that can remain in your skincare routine no matter what problems you have. I have also seen on their website to use this as a face pack and leave it on for 5-10 minutes which is something I've yet to try but will do in the future when my skin really needs it!

I think due to the affordability and the fact that I don't get that Aloe vera sting with using, I would definitely stock up on this particular one again sometime in the future. 

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS // Leegeehaam Grow | VITA - HYAL B5 - MATCHA

Thursday, 6 September 2018


Leegeehaam has been one of these brands I've seen floating about in the K-beauty community on Instagram and I kept wondering where I should start with trying the brand's products. However, StyleKorean, who regularly hosts a series called Try Me, Review Me, in which people can apply to try out certain products selected by StyleKorean and give a little review on them. I was lucky enough to be picked as one of the twenty people to be picked for the most recent Leegeehaam Try Me Review Me that the site held. So I was more than excited for this parcel to arrive at my door. 

We were given a selection of 3 different products from their Grow range. Leegeehaam has a selection of four different collections of products that follow different rules and the initials make up part of the brand's name. 

LEEGEEHAAM

LIFE // Cosmetics and skincare based on your lifestyle
GROW // Skincare with naturally derived ingredients
HOPE // Advanced skincare for certain skincare issues
MASTER // High tech skincare





LEEGEEHAAM HYAL B5 TONER

Toner is essential to the skin following cleansing and it's the type of product I end up buying too many of. While they don't have to have a major impact on the skin, using a good toner can make all the difference to your skin compared to a poor one. The Hyal B5 toner contains 5 Hyaluronic Complex (namely Hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate,  hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate, ascorbyl propyl hyaluronate) to moisturise dehydrated skin and prevent water loss from the skin itself. Which is great to hear from a toner as many can be very acidic and end up just stripping your skin of moisture instead of adding to it. 


Something a little unique about this toner that rather than being a simple pour out or spray toner, it actually features a pump. The texture of the toner itself is not a typical toner one. It has a watery feel while maintaining an amount of viscosity to it. Almost like an incredibly light serum. 

INGREDIENTS
Water, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Propanediol, 1,2-hexanediol, Niacinamide, Glycereth-26, Panthenol, Dioscorea japonica root extract, Arctium lappa root extract, Phellinus linteus extract, Coceth-7, Betaine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Piper methysticum leaf/root/stem extract, Centella asiatica extract, Panax ginseng berry extract, Vanilla planifolia fruit extract, Hydrogenated lecithin, Ppg-1-peg-9 lauryl glycol ether, Polyquaternium-51, Tromethamine, Glyceryl glucoside, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, Glycosyl trehalose, Adenosine, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, Biosaccharide gum-1, Raffinose, Beta-glucan, Peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Xanthan gum, Sodium hyaluronate, Cellulose gum, Hydroxypropyltrimonium hyaluronate, Lecithin, Michelia alba leaf oil, Myristica fragrans (nutmeg) kernel oil, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, Elettaria cardamomum seed oil, Michelia alba flower oil, Tagetes minuta flower oil, Butylene glycol, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Ascorbyl propyl hyaluronate


It absorbs quickly into the skin, making my skin feel almost immediately more moisturised. Also making the skin feel very refreshed. As I've mentioned several times, I don't actually use cotton pads for toner or the like for the most part as I prefer just to spray or apply to my face and pat gently, and I feel the way this toner is presented makes it ideal for my own preferred method. 


You only need a couple of pumps to get the right amount to apply to the skin so this big bottle can last a long long time depending on how much regular use you get out of it. I'm going to test this out over the winter time in particular (which is already setting in in Scotland) to see how much this adds to my skin's moisture at a time when my skin is most likely to be dehydrated and begging for something to help it out.

Purhcase from StyleKorean for £21/$27.82 (approx)


LEEGEEHAAM GROW VITA PROPOLIS AMPOULE

Propolis is an ingredient that hasn't really appeared in my own skincare that I've used thus far. A compound created by bees mixing beeswax with saliva and a variety of other elements. However, I have heard of the many benefits that it does have for the skin, including the acceleration of the growth of cells, soothing skin and reviving skin to look less dull to just name a few. Trying a new key ingredient that aims to help several concerns of my own skin drags me in purely by intrigue.


Dropper bottles tend to be some of my favourite when the bottle itself is clear and the colour of the product inside, making it really shine. The gorgeous honey-like colour really adds a little bit of colour to LGH's minimal skincare line. 


INGREDIENTS
Propolis Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Panthenol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Twig Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Carbomer, Arginine, Spirodela Polyrrhiza Extract , Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipotassium, Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine


A very lightweight Ampoule that absorbs quickly into the skin. Making it feel nourished and preparing it for the final few steps of your skincare routine. As I have only been able to use this for about a week, I can't explicitly say whether or not it has made a difference to my skin but I am noticing it is beginning to look a lot fresher and brighter overall. So, hopefully with some more trialing and usage, combining with other products to suit my skin, I will be able to see if this has a full impact on my skin over time. It's a beautiful little product and provided it helps aid my skin's issues, I will definitely make a repurchase of it sometime in the future. 

Purchase from StyleKorean for £21/$27.82 (approx)


LEEGEEHAAM GROW MATCHA CLAY PACK

Clay packs were the first types of face masks I came across as a teenager and ones I always enjoyed using. Particularly as an acne sufferer, clay masks can be the ideal counterpart to a skincare routine to help you draw out some of the nasties in your skin that may not be helping with your acne. The Leegeehaam Matcha Clay Pack combines my love for clay masks with my love of Matcha. You all will know that green tea has many positive benefits not only for your body internally but also externally. And this mask mixes Matcha with a white clay to help detoxify and purify the skin. 


The gorgeous minty green shade combined with the minimalist white and forest type green colour brings the whole thing together simply and beautifully. I've had a couple of uses out of this since I received it and my general first impression of it is that it's a powerful little mask. 


Taking it out of the jar with the spatula to prevent messy hands and waste, the product glides onto the skin with ease, with the spatula making it easier to get into the little nooks around your nose. It also dries very quickly, surprisingly quick as well. If you apply it a little too close to the mouth, it can't be difficult to move your mouth and speak properly as I managed to find out the hard way. So 10 minutes is all this mask needs before you wash it away.

INGREDIENTS
Water, Kaolin, Dipropylene glycol, Bentonite, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Betaine, Silica, Butylene glycol, Montmorillonite, 1,2-hexanediol, Illite, Hydroxyacetophenone, Hydroxyethyl urea, Cellulose, Xanthan gum, Chromium oxide greens, Citric acid, Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, Disodium edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil


This mask makes my skin feel nourished and supple while looking radiant and bright. The redness of acne scars had reduced and any spots above the skin had also decreased in size. I definite win from this one. Sometimes clay masks can be a hit or a miss but this one is a clear hit! I've had a few uses from it and I know it's going to be added to my regular weekly cycle of face masks from now on. 

Purchase from StyleKorean for £24/$31.03 (approx)

OVERALL

My first impression on not only these products, but Leegeehaam as a brand has been an incredibly positive one and I don't understand now why it took me so long to get round to actually trying a least a few products from them. I'll definitely be making repurchases of all of these products sometime in the future and will be looking to try a few other products from the Grow and other ranges from LGH.

Have you tried anything from Leegeehaam, if so, which has been your favourite? Or which product mentioned here has piqued your interest the most? Let me know in the comments below~



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MASK MONDAY // eyenlip Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch

Monday, 3 September 2018


 
Mask Monday isn't just for sheet masks! Today, I'm bringing you a little review of the eyenlip Gold & Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch. Our eyes tend to be something that we either forget about or just don't give that much attention. With the skin being so delicate, we need to take extra gentle care of them to keep the skin hydrated and looking bright. I suffer from dark deepset eyebags, something that I have had to deal with since I was a teenager. So I understand that a product isn't going to magically take that away, however, I know that the appearance of them can be at least temporarily physically improved, so that's where these little gold beauties step in.

This post is in part of a series of posts about eyenlip where I have received a variety of products to try out and in return, review here on my blog for my readers to discover. All opinions are my own however.

A B O U T  E Y E N L I P 

Eyenlip was launched in 2017 by the founders of beautynetkorea, a stockist and seller of a large variety of Korean beauty brands. They also have their own eBay page where they sell the same items under the username f2plus1 (which is one of my most used and trusted stores on the site). Over the past year or so the brand coming to be, they have been gradually building their repertoire of skincare and makeup products. With the aim of making their products affordable and easily accessible, targeting a number of different concerns.

C L A I M  A N D  I N S T R U C T I O N S

The combination of the snail mucin and the gold aims to firm and moisturise the skin while also reducing the dullness of the skin around the eyes. The patches also hope to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Once you have cleaned your face and toned it after, take out two patches and apply to the eye area. Depending on the skin around your eyes, it's best to have the larger rounded end go under your tear duct. However, if the skin at the sides of your eyes is more of an issue its easy enough to wear the gel patch the other way. Leave the patches on for 20-40 minutes and after removal, pat the remaining essence into the skin very gently.

The product comes in a simple little tub with a green lid adorned with a ring of flowers. 

Opening the lid of the tub, you are greeted with an insert of a white lid. This stops the essence within from leaking out while also standing as a holder for the little tweezers included to make it so much easier to get each individual hydrogel patch out.



The tweezers manage to get a good grip of the patches despite how slippery they are.


The patches themselves, as expected, are a gorgeous shade of gold. With little flecks of glitter to make them just that little prettier.

M Y  E X P E R I E N C E 

I aimed to use these patches 1-2 times a week to see if it made a difference to the appearance of the skin under my eyes. After each use, the skin underneath my eyes definitely felt a lot more moisturised and looked a little brighter. Nothing stunningly different, but enough for me to see a change. I think with my regular use I may have seen a bigger difference to how dark my under eyes are. As you get 60 in a pack, it might be worthwhile using them daily for a month to see if an overall difference is more apparent. However, I just used these on days I had been getting that much sleep and needed to look a little more alive.

The patches themselves are so pretty and lightweight, however, I had problems with them sliding down my face even when I was sitting quite stationary. So I could only use them effectively while lying down on my back. Which gave me an excuse to just lay down and chill on my bed and play about on my phone or Switch! 

Overall, I think these are a good little product, but I think they need regular use to become properly effective for the skin under the eyes. They are very affordable if bought directly through BeautyNetKorea. However, if you are to purchase elsewhere, expect to pay the full non-sale price. I would be quite interested in trying out the other types of the gel patch to see if they have a better effect on my eyes than these. But the main thing I took from these is that they helped me give the skin under my eyes the attention it so desperately needed and a boost of moisture, making it easier to apply make up on the area.

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