The Korean Beauty trend has become an international phenomena, from the face masks to the BB and CC creams wrapped in cute packaging. The Korean beauty products with their distinctiveness and wonder have created a niche and cult following of its own.
If you watch a lot of Korean dramas—especially the modern ones—you are bound to notice how flawless the actresses and actors skin looks and there’s usually a glow that comes with it. The Korean makeup look tends to gravitate towards a natural glowy skin and so the makeup and skincare products are made to cater to that.
I have long been a follower of Soko Glam—a website that curates Korean beauty—add that to being a skinare junkie, meant I already made a list of skincare products to buy when I visited the country. With the help of Charlotte’s tips from her 10-step Skincare routine, I created a skincare routine both for day and night that will incorporate the products I am using now and the ones I intended to purchase.
So on my recent trip to korea I got my hands on some of these coveted products. I have been using a regimen incorporating the products and I have noticed a huge improvement on my skin recently.
I intend to do a detailed review of each of the products below in the near future and also an updated day and night time skin care routine. But for starters these are the products I purchased on my recent trip to Korea in no particular order.
Etude House Moistfull Super Collagen Eye Concentrate
This is a cult beauty “must have” apparently. Before this, I never bothered with eye creams. But late nights and early mornings at Uni coupled with a lot of stress took a toll on my skin which also meant dark circles! I heard through the K-beauty grapevine that this works wonders and I have to say I agree. Also eye creams are a must have in your skincare routine regardless of your age. It is good to have a head start on those wrinkle prevention and tightening of skin in the eye area.
NATURE REPUBLIC BAMBOO CHARCOAL NOSE & T-ZONE PACK
MISSHA Near Skin repairing snail cream
“This superhero repairing and hydrating cream contains 70% snail mucin extract as its star ingredient which supports natural cell regeneration and replenishes moisture to increase firmness in skin. Snail mucin is hailed as an excellent healing and repairing agent, which benefits all skin types—especially sensitive or acne-prone.”
BANILA CO “Clean It Zero” Classic
I made the list of products I wanted to buy ages ago so I forgot that this makeup remover a la cleanser was almost exactly the same as the Clinique “Take the day off” Cleansing balm which I featured on my instagram before my trip. On the day I went shopping we literally had about 2 hours to explore the famous Gangnam and shop, so I didn’t have time to think about the products I was buying. That being said, the difference between this and the clinique one besides price, is this one melts quicker and it is oilier plus the scent is different. Also the clinique version tackles eye makeup slightly better.
SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
This is also another product that got a packaging makeover from the previous version that I researched. All the good stuff that was added to the newer version will be mentioned in the review but I will say this. It is fun to apply and the sugar particles are the right size. I don’t like scrubs that are too sticky that it hurts when you apply or too creamy.
Nature Republic – Hawaiian Fresh Clay Pack
This was also another blind buy. I have been meaning to try a clay and charcoal mask for ages, so when I saw this I decided to pick it up. Plus the price was good as well so I figured if I didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be a big loss. I find the packaging to be a bit disappointing though. I guess I got used to the cute and sleek packaging in Korean products.
TONYMOLY Petite Bunny Gloss Bar & Etude House Apricot Stick Gloss
I have seen these cute bunny ears TONYMOLY lip balms everywhere and I knew I wanted a few for myself. I noticed in Korean dramas that the lip tints and tinted lib balms where a huge thing which reflected the lip trend in korea. I go through fazes of glossy lips and matte lips but one constant thing is I hate dry lips or applying lipstick on patched lips. So this was a must buy for me. I also picked up a similar product at Etude house. All three have moisturizing and tinting effect.
One great thing I noticed about the stores in Korea is that they are very generous with their free samples. In some stores they give you travel size products as samples or free products such as sheet masks, cleansing wipes or cotton wool. And they give you a bunch of it too regardless of what you buy. These are some of the “sample” products I received. Can you spot the mini sized clean it zero from banila co?
Keep an eye out for my full review of the products mentioned.
Have you used any of these? Which one are you must curious about? What questions do you want me to answer in the review? which Korean beauty products do you swear by that I may or may have not mentioned? I will love to hear your thoughts in the comments below 🙂