I really need to be better about talking about my empties on a more regular basis since it's a good way to record some quick thoughts on products I've used both for myself and for your reference. These products were all purchased by me and I will only be including products that I personally bought in these posts. You might notice that four out of the six are Korean beauty products. AB does make up a good percentage of my beauty routine. This will probably not be changing especially since there is more of a convergence of K-beauty with natural beauty these days.
L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara $9.99
I pretty much only buy drugstore mascaras and only when they're on sale because who wants to pay full price. L'Oreal is one of my favorite drugstore brands for mascara because they have a good varied range that usually works well. This is a very serviceable lengthening mascara. It lengthens and separates lashes without clumping or smudging. I really like the buildable formula and the definition it provides. While I wouldn't say it's shocking, you can get very dramatic length from this mascara. It's only passable for volume though which is fine because my lashes don't need as much help in that department.
Illume Coconut Milk Mango Hand Creme $22.50
I picked up this hand cream on sale for $5 at Anthropologie because I was drawn to the lovely packaging as well as the scent which is a tropical infusion of mango, coconut milk, and palm leaf. The consistency of this cream is really more like a lotion. While it absorbed well and kept my hands soft, I didn't enjoy using it because the tube would dispense way too much product half the time which was really annoying.
Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream $23
This cream is apparently a cult favorite in Korea and that definitely got my attention. Not only is the packaging a nod to the Joseon era, the Hanbang (Korean herbal medicine) formulation uses ingredients like orchid, honey, ginseng, purified water, dried radish greens, and flaxseed oil. The bouncy gel-like texture of this cream makes it fun to use. It is a little sticky upon application and forms a a nice barrier of moisture on my face. I wanted to like this cream more but I don't feel like it provided any other real benefits besides hydration and I would really like to get away from creams in jars.
RE:CIPE Rose Petal Cleansing Oil $16
I wanted to try this cleansing oil because I happen to like rose infused products. This product contains real rose petals, rose oil, macadamia seed oil, jojoba seed oil, olive oil and is free of mineral oil, alcohol, artificial coloring, and parabens. It has a runnier texture than other cleansing oils and works as a gentle and effective first cleanser to remove makeup without stripping the skin. I mean it works but it kinda MOR for me. I didn't love or hate it. If you like rose scented products, you will probably enjoy this.
Blithe Patting Splash Mask $45
I previously wrote a full introduction and review of this product so I'm not really going to go in depth here. Basically a splash mask is a concentrated liquid mask which condenses a 20 minute mask routine into a 15 - 30 second action as it gets patted onto the face after cleansing to tone and brighten skin. I also finished up the Green Tea version of this product which is not pictured. As I said in my review, I look at this as kind of a supplemental product and while it's effective, I think it might better serve someone who doesn't want to commit to a full on skincare routine which I already have.
Lady & Skin Royal Gold Concentrated Serum $75
I bought this during a 30% off Peach & Lily sale and it was the combination of luxurious and 5-free natural ingredients like gold, royal jelly, caviar, jasmine, lavender and peppermint that appealed to me along with the moisturizing, brightening and anti-aging claims. The gold bottle this serum is housed in is a lightweight plastic bottle with a dropper. The serum is clear and lightweight in appearance and it contains actual 24K gold flecks that absorb upon application and instantly brighten up skin while and working to correct skin tone over time. I wasn't sure what to expect with this serum but my skin looked and felt really good when I was using it. I'm really excited by all the clean beauty brand and products coming out of Korea.
Have you tried any of these? What were your results?
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