Monday, September 8, 2014

Korean Skincare Haul

If you read beauty blogs at all, you know that Korean skincare is where it's at. With my sensitive skin and, yes, large pores, I'm always looking for the next best thing that will make my foundation look flawless. Especially since I have very dry skin (thank you, thyroid gland!), if my skin is not very well pampered and exfoliated, foundation will end up looking patchy and awful on me.

To that end, I hauled a few things from Korea this week:

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Too cute for words, yes? I actually bought all three of the adorable eggs in this skincare "series." Touted for being good for pores (and containing the known skin-tightening ingredient egg whites), these TonyMoly products have great reviews (and this primer is especially well received). I can't tell if it is any different from any other silicon-y seeming primer, but I'm anxious to try it.

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I know! The packaging! TonyMoly's Tomatox Brightening Mask is another product with great reviews. I can't say whether or not it whitens, as it claims, but I can definitely attest to the soft and supple claims. My skin was super soft after using this as a mask for 10 minutes. Again, as a dry skinned person, I am always on the lookout for anything that softens my skin. Whitening would be great, but I am not holding my breath. I think that a tomato product whitening the skin of someone with rosacea is just too much to ask! Urban Outfitters actually carries this (and Sephora is carrying a few TonyMoly products - I'm not sure which ones), and at $15 for almost 3 oz., it's a pretty great deal.

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Skinfood is a very well-known company, and I was anxious to try this Black Sugar Mask. Again, this one left my face SO soft. It didn't aggravate my rosacea (a huge accomplishment for a sugar scrub). It smelled good enough to eat (I resisted). My skin seems well exfoliated. The big test will be when I use my beloved BareSkin from BareMinerals later today. The last couple of times I have worn it, I have had some patchiness due to my dry skin. Hopefully, that is gone now!

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Finally, I got a couple of things from Etude House. I'm really surprised that I have never tried this brand before, but I'm remedying that now. So far, I love the Wonder Pore toner, and I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Goodbye Pore-Ever Primer (which has been compared to Benefit's Pore-fessional, which I won't pay for). 

There is so much out there in the world of Korean skincare and beauty that it's tempting to want to buy everything! Sadly, my budget can't handle that, but these are a few things that I have really had my eye on lately. If anyone is curious, I'll let you know how they perform.

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