14 Aug 2017

My Current Sheet mask Collection


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The fact that sheet masks are taking the world by storm is something that I am immensely happy with. Especially when the love is dished out to the OG Korean brands that made this whole thing possible, or just the Korean brands in general. 

(Seriously, there are far too many roundups and lists of anything korean-inspired, or that uses Korean technology in some aspect, in the beauty industry that legitimately contain zero Korean brands. Or zero everyday affordable Korean brands.) 

If sheet masks are a new thing for you, or you're interested in learn a little bit about why they even happened, then I have a Korean Beauty: Sheet masks Explained post that you might want to check out. (There is also a video.

Being in Korea means that I have access to basically every Korean brand known to man; from super high end to roadshop, with the extra option of dollar store/diaso's finest. I can pick up anything anytime, pretty much anywhere. It's pretty darn liberating when you're an addict to skincare. It also means that I get to try a lot of brands. Sheet masks over here are relatively inexpensive; they range from 900W-3000W if you're not going somewhere high-end, and even then they are generally the most affordable products produced by companies. Basically, there are way, way more than the TonyMoly 'I'm Real' line. Way more. I like TonyMoly as a brand, but there are better masks out there if you're wanting to sample some Korean skincare. So I thought I'd share my current collection with you.

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20 Jul 2017

Korean Beauty One Brand Haul #1 - Etude House


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I've been sitting on this idea for quite a while, to be honest. I've been totally in love with Ssin-nims One Brand makeup tutorials since she started doing them, and was trying as hard as I could to work out if I could do something similar whilst I was still in the UK. As you can probably guess, it didn't exactly work out in the interim between finishing Uni and starting my actual job, but now I'm in Korea it is so much easier. 

Since I don't have to cop for shipping or dodge import charges, I can actually bring you one brand hauls, coupled with one-brand 'get ready with me's' over on my youtube. 

I asked on twitter which brand you'd like to see first, and the result was Etude House (english site) by a mile. Good choice guys; Etude House is very much the 'starter brand' for a lot of people wanting to get into Korean beauty and skincare since it's really affordable, so this is a fab place to start. 


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10 Jul 2017

Duality


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It's hard to be two things at once. I've spent a lot of time, recently, wishing that I could pick one box instead of straddling two (or three) at a time. A feat made all the more weird when you vehemently hate the idea of neat little boxes to divide life. Things are not that simple... yet things could also be that simple.

One of the reasons minimalism has been doing so well is because it's a rejection of all of the unnecessary complications of life, right?

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27 Jun 2017

Milk Cleansing - The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Milk


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It's a super sad day when your skin decided that it no longer loves your cleansing routine. It was probably a combination of things that led to a pretty frustrating break-out around March - I had just moved countries, and I probably should've been a little more proactive reading use-by dates - but I was left in a situation where my trusty oil cleanser from The Face Shop just wasn't doing anything but hurting my skin - and my first rule of skincare is: always listen to your skin.

There are a wealth of different cleanser types in South Korea. The vast majority are ridiculously affordable and also ridiculously effective. There are cleansing oils, foams, washes, gels, balms, and now milks. And, being a girl that likes to try new things, I decided to dive wholeheartedly into the very last on that list, with The Face Shop's Rice Water Bright Cleansing Milk.
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