Winter Korean Skincare Haul
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This winter has barely started and my skin has already thrown in the towel. It's like GOOD GOD SKIN! Make up your damn mind! Having lived with OTT oily skin for the better part of forever, having dry skin suddenly is a hot mess that I'm remedying with this Korean skincare haul.
I got a little crazy on Cyber Monday and did a little spree on Soko Glam. I can't 100% remember what the sale was, but I got the five things I was looking for plus two freebies for less than $70 so I'm happy.
If you wanna - Follow this link to Soko Glam and you can get 20% off your first order (it's just for new customers, and you need to make a purchase of $25 or more).
On that note, for those who don't use the Honey app, you need to. I have it as a Chrome extension and it almost always has a working discount code and usually codes for free items. And you don't even need to search for them, it just pops up! It's amazing.
Quickly before we delve into my skincare picks, let's chat about this little beauty. As I've been dealing with my desert skin, a more hydrating base was necessary. I knew I wanted to try another Korean BB because my all time favorite, Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB, seems to be discontinued (RIP). I boiled it down to the Skin79 BB Super+ Beblesh Balm and the Missha Perfect Cover BB. Both seem really great but I picked the Skin79 option because people said that between the two Missha looked greasier at the end of the day.
I've only been able to wear it once and I'm not perfectly sold yet. The color is a nearly perfect match (bless) but it did seem to wear off pretty quickly.
But, I only wore it when I was suffering sudden weather change allergies and blowing my nose like a mad woman so, you know, take that with a grain of salt.
If I love it, it will show up again, don't you worry.
Clean It Zero
Ah Clean it Zero. This is a repurchase because I literally just finished my last jar. I usually stick to my love, Bioderma, but when I'm wearing heavier makeup (like all of the holidays) I go for a nice makeup melting balm.
This stuff destroys hard to remove makeup. You know how I've been complaining endlessly that the L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara is tough to remove? This stuff is the only thing that gets it done.
It's also great for removing super staining lip products (or guys like the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Inks, woof) although you'll look a bit like the Joker until you rinse it off.
Pro tip: massage it in, and when you're done lightly dampen your hands and massage again. It changes the texture of the balm and feels amazing. Then rinse that bad boy off.
Okay, who knew that Korean toners are so different from western toners? Instead of stripping, drying toners, or even thin, acidic toners like Pixi Glow Tonic, these are much thicker and more gel-like.
I picked up the Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner to get some super gentle exfoliation into my life. I've recently-ish started using a prescription retinol and my Derm suggested exfoliating with salicylic acid instead of glycolic (my fave) while my skin adjusts. I'm already a big fan of the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel (which I repurchased in this haul too) and figured their BHA toner couldn't hurt.
I've been using it for a few days and although I can't say that it's made a huge difference on the exfoliation front, paired with the Klairs Supple Preparation Toner my skin is so much more hydrated and comfortable.
The Klairs toner is even thicker and gellier than the Benton toner and it's super hydrating. Together it's like the Korean skincare equivalent of Caroline Hiron's routine followers Pixi Glow Tonic followed by a hydrating mist.
I also got the Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Toner as a mini freebie. I've yet to try it but it's supposed to be super cleansing along with balancing your pH, post cleansing.
I got this Manefit Lily Brighten + Hydrate eye mask for free (from a code I got on that Honey App, I'm serious, it's great). I haven't used it yet but I'm planning on taking it with me when I travel home for the Holidays. After 14 hours in a car my entire body will need a good brighten and hydrate.
Are you into the Korean skincare scene? How are you changing up your winter skincare?