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Nov & Dec Empties

Happy 2017 everyone! These are my empties from November and December of 2016:

Benton Honest TT Mist
My 4th or 5th bottle? Honestly at this point I’ve lost track. Continue reading

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Whamisa Organic Flowers Toners Refresh Review

To date, I’ve used quite a few Whamisa products, most of which were overwhelmingly meh. A wiser person would’ve given up on the brand by now, but the marketing- the promise of better skin delivered by organic flowers- keeps me coming back. This time, I’ve found a keeper!

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At A Glance

Product Name:
Whamisa Organic Flowers Refresh Toner Continue reading

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COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Review

I used to swim 2 hours a day, 11 months out of the year, and I played water polo before my high school even had a team, so when I moved to Southern California and decided to take up surfing, I assumed it would come naturally. I have probably a record number of battle scars from playing little league as a kid, but in water? Pffft. I’m practically a mermaid!

Turns out, swimming in the ocean is totally different than swimming in a pool, and I’m considerably worse at it than I care to admit. Something about the salt and lack of lane lines throws me for a loop, although I’m convinced if I could only wear goggles while surfing, I would be at least 300% better at it.

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In a way, CosRX snail essence is the ocean to CosRX snail cream’s pool. My skin loves snails and specifically, my snail loves the snail cream. They’re practically the same product yet my skin refuses to love this essence, despite my many efforts. It just doesn’t make any logical sense!

AT A GLANCE

The Claim
This Advanced Snail Gel Lotion is protects skin from moisutre loss and keeps skin smooth, and healthy without the use of heavy oils. 

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is an essence but due to its thicker texture, follow the thin to thick rule when applying. I usually apply this after other essences and toners but before emulsions or creams.

Size and Price
This bottle contains 1o0ml of product. I purchased this as part of the Fiddy Snails set at Memebox (now sold out). It is also available individually for $18, or on Amazon for $17.98, RoseRoseShop for $11.50 (plus shipping), or Jolse for $16.50.

(PS you can get 8% cash back from all memebox purchases from TopCashBack)

Packaging
This comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser on top. The set I got it in also came with two sheets of awesome CosRX stickers. I highly recommend getting some CosRX stickers whenever you have the chance!

Fragrance
No fragrance detected.

Color and texture
This essence is completely clear and has slimy, mucus-y texture, like, well, snail slime!

What’s in it?

  • 96% SNAIL SECRETION FILTRATE 
    Also known as snail mucus or Helix Aspersa Müller Glycoconjugates, snail secretion filtrate is known for its skin repairing properties and ability to improve the skin’s natural ability to take up and hold water. For a really, really excellent overview of snail mucus, check out Lab Muffin’s post here.
  • SODIUM HYALURONATE 
    The salt form of hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant that can hold 1000X its weight in water.
  • PANTHENOL 
    The alcohol form of Vitamin B5. Panthenol improves skin’s barrier function and maintains the proliferation of fibroblasts, the cells that create collagen..

The ingredient list is simple and this essence boasts the highest amount of snail secretion filtrate I’ve seen in any product. If you’re trying to find something as close to pure snail as possible, this is probably what you want!

Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies Butylene Glycol (1) as an acne trigger and carbomer (1) as a potential irritant.

Full Ingredients
Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol,1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol

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PERFORMANCE

As mentioned earlier, this essence has a very slimey and mucus-y texture. I follow the instructions and apply heavily to my cheeks and lightly to my t-zone. The CosRX snail cream is mucus-y as well, but feels more whipped in comparison. It certainly feels nice, like a gluey gel, takes a minute to sink in, but once in doesn’t leave a film or residue on my skin.

Unfortunately, this essence doesn’t seem to be doing much of anything. Whereas the very similar CosRX snail cream left my skin soft and bouncy, my skin feels very much unchanged after using this essence. I suppose it does add a bit of hydration, but not enough for me to use it as a hydrating product.

I also noticed that when I use this essence, I tend to develop clusters of small pimples around my nose area and mouth, which is not an area I’m prone to breakouts. These bumps clear up quickly, but they quickly clear up when I stop using this essence. This is especially puzzling because I do not have any issues with the CosRX cream and the two products are extremely similar in their composition. There are a total of 2 ingredients in the essence that are not in the cream (if anyone is curious, these are butylene glycol and 1,2-Hexanediol), so I was very surprised to be getting breakouts from the essence. My theory (I’m not a biologist – this might be utter nonsense) is that something about the slimy texture doesn’t sit well with my skin.

THE TAKEAWAY

Everyone’s skin is different, but on my skin this essence does not seem to do much of anything except to give me minor breakouts. This is totally bizarre and exceptionally disappointing considering how much I love the sister cream to this product.

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From Nature Age Treatment Essence Review

I often feel that the Asian beauty products that become popular in the West are somewhat arbitrary. Take first treatment essences, for example. Missha FTE is one of the first products people reach for when first adopting a Korean beauty routine, yet there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other first essences that remain virtually unknown even though they have very similar ingredients.

For example, there’s the From Nature Age Treatment Essence. It first fell on my radar after /u/GiveMeABreak25 repeatedly raved about it and again later, as luck would have it, when I received a sample from a Testerkorea order and fell in love. Whereas the Missha essence did not seem to do much for my skin other than make it wet, this essence feels like it penetrates through to the nether regions of my skin to deliver a much needed dose my hydration and glowiness. Used after cleansing, it makes my skin feel renewed and rebalanced. In other words, I think this essence is due some much deserved attention and so here we are.

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AT A GLANCE

The Claim
Wrinkle Repair & Whitening for the first step of skin care

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a first essence. Use it after all cleansing steps.

Size and Price
This bottle contains 150ml of product. I purchased this from Yesstyle for ~$20, but it is no longer on their website. It is available on Ebay for $22.49 or if you are feeling savvy and want to try your hand at a forwarding service, Memebox Korea has it for 9900KRW ($8.13 USD).

Packaging
This comes in a glass bottle. I’m in constant battle with the bottle because it likes to collect finger prints like nobody’s business and it drives me bananas!

Fragrance
There’s a hint of yeast, but it’s very mild. I don’t notice it at all anymore. No artificial fragrance, essential oils, or any added fragrance of any kind.

Color and texture
This essence is completely clear and has a thin, runny texture like water, but with more slip.

What’s in it?

The ingredient list is simple but keenly focused. Other than the ingredients discussed above, there are also a handful of extracts, some fermented some not, but very little else! For those of you that don’t like “fillers” in your products, you really can’t ask for much more!

Acne Triggers & Irritants
Cosdna identifies Butylene Glycol (1) as an acne trigger

Full Ingredients
Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Water, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharomyces/Angelica Dahurica Root Ferment Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Flower Extract, Ipomoea Hederacea Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin

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PERFORMANCE

I’ve been using this bottle for a little over two months and it is very nearly empty (which is why I’m finally getting my act together to write this review). In that time, it’s become an absolute staple in my routine.

First essences are supposed to deliver a concentrated but easily absorbable dose of skin-beneficial ingredients. This essence does that. With regular use of this essence, my skin looks and feels healthier, and on the days I’ve gone without, my skin looks lackluster, seems to be more easily irritated than usual, and is more prone to dryness. I can’t quite pinpoint exactly what this product is doing, but since I’ve started using it, my skin feels healthier and generally more resilient to thinks like cold, dry weather.

If that was all this essence did, it would still be a great product, but there’s more. Likely due to the significant niacinamide concentration (credit once again to /u/GiveMeABreak25 for obtaining the concentration), this essence is also surprisingly hydrating! When I use this, I don’t feel the need to use a hydrating toner at all. Also, on days when my skin needs a little extra help, I’ve been using this essence to make lotion masks, which expunges any hint of dehydration and also seems to have calming effects to my skin.

The essence also absorbs easily, does not leave any residue or stickiness, and does not irritate my face at all. It also layers extremely well under creams. Overall, you could say I’m quite happy with this essence!

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The Takeaway

This is probably the hardest working, dehydration fighting, skin plumping first essence you’ve never heard of. It is by far my favorite essence that I’ve tried to date!

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Disclosure: This product was purchased by me. This post contains an affiliate link. See here for my full disclosure policy. 

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Chosungah22 Mineral Toning Essence Review

The problem with shopping for things from Korea is sometimes I don’t realize how much stuff I’ve ordered until I receive everything. This is how I ended up with all these Chosungah22 products. I’m usually very cautious about ordering too many things from a single brand, especially one I have ZERO experience with, because things can go south quickly!

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The wonders (Juice and Milk) of the Chosungah world + the Mineral Toning Essence (MTE). Not pictured: Chosungah22 Mint Sun Essence

Luckily this hasn’t been the case with Chosungah22 for the most part.

Packaging & Appearance

This “essence” comes in a simple but stylish plastic bottle. All of Chosungah’s products come in plastic, even though some of it looks like glass. This is actually a very good thing if you think about it. Glass things get easily shattered in cross-oceanic transit. I LOVE the design of this bottle. It’s minimal and looks like it could belong in either a laboratory or a Scandinavian kitchen.

This essence is clear and very fluid, only a tiny bit thicker than water. It is not sticky at all and has a very faint fragrance that I love! To me, it smells of cleansiness with a hint of lavender.

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Performance

I honestly don’t think the folks at Chosungah22 know what an essence is. First of all, they named this product the confusing name of “toning essence.” In addition, they also categorize Wonder Juice as an essence, but seems to be, from my experience, a pretty straightforward hydrating toner. MTE to me is a toner. It is, after all, composed primarily of onsen-sui (spa water), and water.

I apply this MTE after my second cleanser, either on a cotton square or by patting it on my face with my hands. It is not a powerhouse hydrator nor does it contain a significant concentration of active ingredients, but my skin does react positively to it. After cleansing, I tend to have a lot of redness around my nose and on my cheeks. MTE is just soothing and hydrating enough to make my skin feel normal again, removing any tightness, if any, and noticeably reducing some of the redness.

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I also like to use MTE to prime my skin before applying serums and ampoules. It makes ampoules easier to apply and allows me to use less product. This is particularly useful for sticky ampoules like the Scinic AIO honey ampoule, because using less product means that my face is less sticky after application.

The full ingredients are below. Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1) as the only acne trigger.

Onsen-Sui, Water, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum Extract, Betula Alba Juice, Ceramide 3, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot Fruit Oil), Geranium Maculatum Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Styrax Benzoin Gum, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin

The Takeaway

This is a good, basic, non-irritating toning product. That doesn’t sound super exciting, but like cleansers, finding a toner that doesn’t suck sometimes takes a lot of effort. However, I won’t be repurchasing this because at the end of the day, this product just doesn’t excite me.

I purchased this from Koreadepart. It is also available on Chosungah22’s website but for a lot more. 

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Disclosures: This product was purchased by me. There are no affiliate links in this post. 

 

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Neogen Dermatology Dual Layer Ceramide Oil Review

I feel like this is THE product for people who think they’re missing out. For example, if you’ve heard about the wonders of horse oil but can’t get over the idea of dead horses, this is a decent, vegan (there’s no horse, but there is snail) alternative. If you find the texture of lotion or cream to be gross but have dry skin, this is definitely the moisturizer for you. If you want to start exploring the world of face oils but find the idea of putting oil on your face confusing / scary / grease-ifying, this is a great, grease-free oil product. Lastly, if you feel like you can’t keep up with all of the cool, exotic ingredients that the Korean-Beauty-Gods keep sticking in skincare products, this is a one-stop-shop to get a lot of those ingredients in your routine. Intrigued yet? You should be because I absolutely LOVE this product!

Packaging + Appearance

This is a cool looking oil that consists of two distinct layers. The top layer is “essence,” which consists of the many many extracts and miscellaneous active ingredients, and the bottom layer is a blend of oils. To use, you take the bottle, shake vigorously for a few seconds so the two layers combine, and then use the dropper top to extract the oil for use.

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The two layers actually mix very easily. In fact, it took 2 days after I received this in the mail for the layers to separate enough for me to take this picture.

Performance

After the layers are mixed together, they form a watery but milky colored liquid that I will be referring to as an essence-oil, or EO for short. This liquid is very fluid, has great slip, and sinks into my skin really quickly. Even though the EO comprises a significant amount of oil, it is more similar in texture to an emulsion than an oil and happily avoids common complications that a face oil might pose, such as leaving behind a visible, oily layer.

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To use, I load up the dropper cap, squeeze the EO onto my hands, rub my hands together to warm up the EO, then pat all over my face. At first, I was careful to only use the suggested 4 drops, but quickly learned that I can use A LOT more than that and it will still sink into my skin cleanly. The EO has a dewy but not greasy finish. If you’re ok with the amount of dewiness you get from an Iope bb cushion, you shouldn’t have any issues with this oil. 

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I have been using this EO in place of a moisturizing cream and I love it! It is easier to apply than a cream, effectively seals in moisture, and absorbs into my skin better. In fact, the way that this essence-oil sinks into my skin is reminds me of how horse oil products seem to melt into my skin, and I love me some horse oil

Ingredients

This oil gets a whole section for ingredients because it contains everything. Seriously, it’s pretty wild. This is what the list looks like, in its entirety:

water, butylene glycol, canola oil, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, glycerin, niacinamide, 1,2-hexanediol, octyldodecanol, caprylic / capric triglycerides, ceramide 3, hydrogenated lecithin, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, moringa oleifera seed oil, camellia sinensis seed oil, honey extract, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter extract, adansonia digitata leaf extract, persea gratissima (avocado) fruit extract, trehalose, human oligopeptide-1, hydrolyzed collagen, acetyl glucosamine, brassica campestris (rapeseed) oil, linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed oil, juglans regia (walnut) seed oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, argania spinosa kernel oil, propolis extract, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl palmitate, snail secretion filtrate, allium sativum (garlic) bulb extract, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, morus alba fruit extract, rubus coreanus fruit extract, sambucus nigra fruit extract, black sugar extract, theobroma cacao (cocoa) extract, charcoal powder, solanum melongena (eggplant) fruit extract, sepia, porphyra tenera extract, polygonum fagopyrum (buckweed seed) extract, vitis vinifera (grape) fruit extract, coffea arabica fruit extract, inonotus obliquus (mushroom) extract, cassia obtusifolia seed extract, corthellus shiitake (mushroom) extract, mirabilis jalapa seed extract, piper nigrum (pepper) seed extract, fagus sylvatica seed extract, aronia melanocarpa fruit extract, dictyopteris membranacea extract, rose extract, cinnamomum cassia bark extract, anona cherimolia fruit extract, rhus semialata gall extract, prunus mume fruit extract, cellulose gum, adenosine, bifida ferment lysate, artemisia annua extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, symphytum officinale leaf extract, helichrysum italicum (everlasting) extract, azadirachta indica leaf extract, zanthoxylum piperitum fruit extract, pulsatilla koreana extract, usnea barbata (lichen) extract, melissa offinalis flower/leaf/stem water, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower water, calenula officinalis flower water, rosa damascena flower water, triticum spelta seed water, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf extract, cetearyl alcohol, hydrogenated vegetable oil, behenyl alcohol, stearic acid, polyglyceryl-3 methylglucose distearate, glyceryl stearate SE, methyl glucose sesquistearate, dimethicone, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, safflower yellow, gardenia red, fragrance

To make this easier to read, I’ve broken the ingredients into a few different categories: oils, extracts, miscellaneous interesting ingredients, and other.

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The bad thing about having a product with a huge list of extracts is that the amount of each extract is necessarily tiny. If you’re specifically interested in adding a Vitamin C product to your skincare routine, this is not going to suffice, even though it contains magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a Vitamin C derivative. The good thing about having a product with a huge list of extracts and ingredients is that collectively, something is probably happening. Some skincare experts think that with antioxidants, for example, more is better. 

A potential risk in using a product with so many ingredients is that if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, one or more of the extracts may trigger acne. The acne triggers that cosdna analysis flags are butylene glycol (1), jojoba oil (2), soybean oil (3), retinyl palmitate (2), cetearyl alcohol (2), hydrogenated vegetable oil (3), stearic acid (2), glyceryl stearate SE (3), and dimethicone (1). Personally, cosdna ratings have never been a great predicator for what will and will not trigger acne for me (which is one of the reasons I’ve started to move away from using cosdna analysis in my reviews). For example, my skin is bulletproof against highly comedogenic oils such as coconut oil and cocoa butter (both rated 4), but will break out badly to papain, which cosdna does not even flag as an acne trigger. For what it’s worth, but I have not had any issues with acne or irritation with this product.

The Takeaway

This product has an overachieving ingredient list, absorbs beautifully into my skin, and does a fantastic job keeping my skin hydrated. Highly recommend to anyone unless you have very acne-prone skin, in which case the ingredient list can prove to be problematic.

I bought this from ebay on a whim for $24. It’s also available on Koreadepart for a few dollars more.

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Disclosure: Product paid for by me. Affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy here.

evercos ginseng mask

Spotlight on Ginseng!

There are a lot of “all-natural beauty” types out there who swear by the refrain if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. I’ve always thought thought that guideline was silly, not only because there are a lot of chemicals that are awesome for your skin, but also because if I only put stuff on my skin that I eat, I would be toning my face with Coke Zero and moisturizing with butter.

I also would not be using any ginseng products, because despite having grown up with it and forced to consume it in my childhood, I don’t actually like eating ginseng. It tastes like perfumey dirt and is frequently served with jujube fruit in chicken soup, which is a terrible association because I happen to detest jujube. Yet, on my skin, none of this seems to matter – I not only love how ginseng makes my skin feel but also love how it smells!

And so today I’m going to talk about ginseng, what it is, what it does, and what are some of my favorite products that contain it!

WHAT IS GINSENG and WHAT DOES IT DO?

Panax ginseng is a root used widely in traditional Eastern medicine. You may have heard the term hanbang (한방) being thrown around to describe certain skincare products that contain traditional, oriental medicine ingredients. Ginseng is one of the cornerstone ingredients of hanbang and is touted as a cure to everything from erectile dysfunction to high blood pressure. Most of these claims revolve around eating ginseng, but if you dig through the scientific literature there’s a good amount of evidence ginseng has positive effects when applied topically as well! For example:

In addition to these healing and UV protective effects, I personally find ginseng to have aromatherapeutic mind-calming effects! Putting on a ginseng sheet mask at the end of a long day is a quick, effective, and alcohol-free way to destress!

Here are some of the ginseng products I’ve been using, grouped into different levels of ginseng enthusiasm:

For the Ginseng Newbie –

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Evercos ginseng masks are everything! First of all, Evercos masks are my favorite sheet masks. I even like them better than any silk masks or hydrogels I’ve used because they are just so incredibly soft, pliable, and generously soaked in essence without being drippy.

The ginseng masks might be my favorite amongst the six Evercos varieties. I find the mask to be very hydrating and calming. My skin inflames and reddens easily and these masks have a way of quickly calming things down.

For those interested, here are the translated ingredients for the Evercos Ginseng masks:

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Korean Ingredients: 정제수, 부틸렌글라이콜, 글리세린, 홍삼 추출물 ( 1.0% 함유), 위치 하젤 추출물, 안젤리카 잎 추출물, 당귀추출물, 낫토검, 디포타슘글리시리제이트, 밀아미노산, 소듐 아스코빌 포스페이트, 소듐하이알루로네이트, 카보머, 토코페릴아세테이트, 트리에탄올아민, 피이지-60하이드로제네이티드캐스터오일, 하이드록시에칠셀룰로오스, 디소듐이디티에이, 에칠헥실 글리세린, 페녹 시 에탄올, 메칠파라벤, 향료

English Ingredients: Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ginseng Extract (1% concentration), Witch Hazel Extract, Angelica Leaf Extract, Angelica Extract, Natto gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Wheat Amino Acids, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Sodium hyaluronate, Carbomer, Tocopherol Acetate, Triethanolamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Methyl paraben, Fragrance

I purchased my Evercos masks from 11st. For a guide on how to order from 11st, please see this very helpful tutorial put together by Cat Cactus on Snow White and the Asian Pear. Coincidentally, she’s the one who turned me onto Evercos in the first place

For the Casual Ginseng Fan –

I have very thick and very straight hair and have yet to find the perfect shampoo for it. However, the History of Whoo Spa Shampoo and Rinse is a current favorite! I find it to clean better than Damoae Therapy Shampoo, which I am also a big fan of, and leaves my hair looking shinier and feeling lighter than Shiseido’s red bottle Tsubaki shampoo and conditioner, although Tsubaki definitely leaves my hair feeling softer and silkier.

This is what the bottles look like. I buy sample packs off Testerkorea, not because they're cheaper (they're actually priced on par) but because the full sizes seem to always be out of stock! :(

This is what the bottles look like. I buy sample packs off Testerkorea, not because they’re cheaper (they’re actually priced on par) but because the full sizes seem to always be out of stock! 😦

It also smells amazing! The shampoo fills my shower with the sweet and perfumey but not overwhelming scent of ginseng. The rinse (which is basically just a conditioner) has a different fragrance, one that is less exclusively of ginseng, but still very hanbang in a refreshing and pleasant way. The two together make for a very pampering, hair washing experience! I definitely recommend both, although I do think the duo would work best for thick and straight-to-wavy hair-types. The shampoo might not be appropriate for frizzier hair types, and the rinse might be too heavy for people with tight curls, although I am definitely not an expert on hair types so I could be totally off base.

I purchased sample packs of this shampoo and rinse from Testerkorea (shampoo, rinse). They also carry the full size but it’s NEVER in stock and it drives me crazy because I want it and it’s not outrageously expensive like History of Whoo’s other stuff either. Someday it WILL be mine. Someday…

For the Ginseng Obsessed –

If you really, really love ginseng, maybe even more than I do, you will probably like this essence and cream from Sooryehan.

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I picked up this essence + cream set because I fell in love with the packaging. They both have gel-like textures and even though the cream is a a bit thicker and denser than the essence, I find the two to be quite similar in how they feel and absorb into my skin. I actually prefer the cream, but the essence does include a handful of other extracts in addition to ginseng. See ingredients for both products here.

For those of you frustrated with skincare products where the top ingredients are all water and filler ingredients like butylene glycol, you’ll be happy to know that the first two ingredients in both are water and ginseng extract. There’s plenty of ginseng in these and it’s very obvious! This stuff smells VERY strongly of ginseng so consider yourself warned!

Top 4 photos are of the essence, bottom 4 are of the cream

Top 4 photos are of the essence, bottom 4 are of the cream.

Unfortunately, these products are not quite hydrating or moisturizing enough for my skin type. I imagine people with normal or oily skin, or those living in more humid and tropical climates may have better luck with it! Regardless, it does feel very luxurious to use this essence and cream and to display them in my bathroom!

Sooryehan essence and cream purchased from wemakeprice.com via avecko. They are also available on eBay (essence, cream).

Have you guys tried any ginseng products? What are your favorites?

AVECKO Haul: Ginseng, Honey, and Masks Galore!

I’ve been trying my very best to practice responsible hauling, but had a moment of weakness at the beginning of this month when I went a little crazy. This is the second haul I received last week (the first from Rakuten). In addition, I placed not one but TWO orders with Avecko, two days apart. This is the first and it showed up on my doorstep Saturday, a mere EIGHT DAYS after it shipped, which is pretty freaking amazing.

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Guerisson 9 Complex Essence

This is one of the first things I’ve bought since I started marathoning watching Get it Beauty. The show is a bit ridiculous, but as a 25 year old who is urgently trying to learn how to adult makeup, it’s very useful. It’s also a great way to discover new products that are popular in Korea!

GIB didn’t actually feature this exact product on their show. Instead, Lee Ha-nui raved about the Guerissan 9 Complex Cream. Since I live in LA and summer has basically started, this essence seemed like a more climate-appropriate way to incorporate horse oil into my routine. After a month of using this, I’m already planning to pick up the cream in my next haul because horse oil is AWESOME.

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