There are many things to love about living on the island namely beautiful views and delicious food and then there are things that frustrate me like lack of access to stuff especially skin and haircare and high customs fees (especially for skincare and haircare products!!) So since I’ve been back in Miami, I’ve become the biggest hoarder particularly where skin care is concerned. I did the Sephora and drugstore runs, but most exciting to me are the Asian skin care products that I’ve been meaning to try…forever.
By now you may have noticed that the current Asian beauty craze since the internet is ablaze with articles like The Best Beauty Wonders From Korea and 5 Of Korea’s Hottest Beauty Trend And How to Try Them as the American media plays catch up to the cult of Asian beauty. My experience with Asian products actually started on a trip to Chinatown back when I was living in New York. My sister and I picked up these strange (at the time) paper masks drenched in serums that supposedly would have transformative effects on the skin. I was doubtful, but after a good exfoliation session and 15 relaxing minutes of mask time, I was sold. Despite the success of that initial purchase, I was hesitant to venture more deeply into Asian skin care on account of my drama queen skin. But after about two years of Youtube stalking…err researching, I’ve deciding to dip my feet in again. So here’s what I got:
The Face Shop Foot Peel- It’s like a mask but for your feet and apparently causes your all the dead skin on your feet to peel off over the course of a week or so. I’ll admit it, I’ve been scared to try this, I always imagine myself having an occasion to wear sandals soon after using this.
Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel- This is by no means a ground-breaking product but I love gel moisturizers for my oily skin at night time and figured fewer ingredients make a better product. Nature Republic is one of Korea’s well-known natural skin care lines. I’ve been using this over the past week and have been waking up to plump dewy skin.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil- I’ve heard a lot about this and always wanted to try it. I double cleanse at night first with an oil cleanser then a foam to really take the day off. I currently use Dermologica’s precleanse on recommendation of my facialist and love it. So hopefully this is as good.
Etude House Good-bye Pore-Ever Pore Primer Essence- If you’re an oily girl you know primer=life. On the days that I skip my tinted moisturizer I use a mattifying sunscreen or moisturizer, but for the says that I don’t (which isn’t often) I like a good primer. I’ve used this a couple times now and have no complaints. In may even be better than my Laura Mercier old faithful.
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder- A translucent powder is another oily girl essential. I’ve used Make Up Forever’s setting powder in the past, but slipped up and done a RihRih as a result. I’ve heard great things about this, I only wish I had gotten the pressed powder because these tubs can get messy.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask- Another cult product that I have been dying to try. When the brand came stateside to Target, I decided that now is the time to give it a try. I used it one night but it has fierce competition from my Nature Republic Aloe Gel which I love more for its simplicity. When I used this more in the future I may get back to you about the effects.
Etude House Collagen Eye Patch- Eye creams usually make my eyes watery and puffy, I bought this hoping that less contact would mean less irritation. I haven’t tried it yet so we’ll see.
Skin Food Black Sugar Wash Off Mask- I love exfoliators, especially those that use natural exfoliants rather than those environment killing microbeads that are made of God knows what.
Missha Time Revolution Essence- I’ve heard this is a good dupe for SKII which I have no intention of dropping $$ on anytime soon.
Missha First Treatment Mask- Like the Essence, this mask should also apparently rival SKII’s mask. If it promises yummy, plump, dewy (not oily) skin I’m in.