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My Korean Skin Care Haul

I finally updated my skin care! For anyone who’s interested in how I prep my skin.

First thing you need to know is my skin type, I’m prone to acne and I have mostly normal to oily skin. I get breakouts on my forehead, my nose, cheeks and my chin. All these breakouts, I hide with concealer, blemish creams and foundation.

To treat my skin and lessen breakouts, here are my favorite skin care products from different Korean brands.

1. Etude House AC Clinic White-Trouble Bubble Cleanser

First thing you need to do is wash your face. For oily skin, I recommend that you choose water based or gel based cleanser. Try to look for products that are mild and won’t irritate your sensitive skin so much.

What I’m loving these days are foam cleansers. They’re already in foam state which means, you no longer have to foam it on your face, hence, less stress on your skin.

Plus, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry and stretchy. It gives a feeling of fresh and dewy skin.


1.Wet your face with warm water to open up pores.

2.Wash your face with cleanser for 2 minutes. 

3.Rinse it with cold water for 4 minutes.

4. Pat dry with towel/cotton shirt or you can pat dry your face with fingers and let the water be absorbed by skin.

2. Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

Wonder Pore Freshner is my holy grail for toners. This is because it is still one of the best selling toners among Koreans.

First time I used it, it reduced my breakouts and the appearance of blackheads. It is quite pricey but, I assure you it’s all worth it.


1. Apply small amount of toner to cotton.

2. Move cotton in circular motions paying special attention to chin, nose and cheeks (or where you are prone to whiteheads and pimples).

3. Spray it on your face when you need a refreshing.

3. Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel

Aloe Vera Gel are new releases from your favorite Korean brand. I love this one from Nature Republic because it smells so good and it’s the cheapest among the brands.

I use this as a moisturizer and sort of a spot on gel to my pimples. It lessens the redness of my skin and calms it.

You can also use it for your hair and body!

4. Etude House Eye’s Cream

I use it mainly for my under eyes when I feel like my eyes are tired and before going to sleep. It’s a roll-on and its small so it’s very handy to bring.

5. Etude House AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Water and Pink Powder Spot

I swear by these two products to remove my pimples. I use the water during the day and the powder spot before I go to sleep.

It dries us your pimples and lightens the spots. Its non-comedogenic meaning, you won’t get breakouts from your other breakouts. Like have you ever experienced a pimple growing beside your existing pimple because you irritated it? That won’t happen because it does not only heals pimples, it prevents them from spreading.

Well I’m happy it works on me. :)

6. Nature Republic Charcoal Mask

I use this once or twice a week, when I feel like I have so much gunk on face even after washing. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and clean.

This is the perfect mask if you are prone to whiteheads and blackheads or if you want your pores to tighten.

7. Face masks, patches and strips

And last but not the least, you need weekly or even daily pampering by using face masks. You can also try patches for your specific problems. Like if you have puffy eyes, use eye patches. If you have blackheads, you can use pore strips.

And that’s it! That sums up my skin care routine. I hope you learned something from this! And if you could recommend more Korean skin care products, I would love to hear about it!

I will be posting my Korean Make Up haul next. Stay posted! :)


Skincare isn’t something I’m particularly knowledgable about, but make-up stores on every corner and the vast array of inexpensive, good quality products at my fingertips have gotten me a lot more interested in the subject since coming to Korea.

I’m still very much in the experimental stage, trying out lots of different brands and products, but here is my current routine for inquiring minds.

I’ll start with,

1. Innisfree Green Barley Multi Cleansing Tissue
This is the first step of my nightly skincare routine. I use these cleansing wipes to take off the day’s make-up. I prefer to use wipes because they’re just so easy and convenient, and let’s be honest, I’m a bum. I’m using the green barley kind right now, but I’ve tried all of Innisfree’s different versions and they’re all great. Takes off dirt and make-up, quick and easy.

2. Tony Moly Egg Pore Deep Cleansing Foam 
After taking off my make-up, I like to use a foam cleanser to clean any leftover gunk out of my pores. This one is just your basic foam cleanser. Nothing fancy, but it does what it should. The best part is that it’s cheap.

3. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Mousse Cleanser
Okay, this one is my favorite cleanser I’ve ever tried. It comes out of the can in big, fluffy mousse consistency, and my skin always feels very soft and very clean after using it. I like to wash my face with this in the mornings when I wake up, before moisturizing.

4. Innisfree Apple Juicy Emulsion Lip & Eye Remover
I get most of my make-up off with remover wipes, but if I have particularly stubborn eyeliner/lip tints, or if I run out of wipes and forget to buy more (bum, bum, bum, i’m a lazy bum), I use a small dallop of this. It works well. P.S. it smells delicious.

5. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 
This is my favorite mask by far, clay or otherwise. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and tight afterwards. I love Innisfree’s entire Jeju Volcanic line, to be honest. My skin is on the dry side though, so I usually only use clay masks once every few weeks.

As you might be able to tell, I have a bit of a bias for Innisfree’s cleansing products. They’re made out of a lot of natural ingredients, and they always leave my skin feeling perfectly clean, never dry.


1. Tony Moly Goat Milk Whitening Toner & Emulsion
I apply toner, then emulsion fresh out of the shower in the morning. I’ll usually eat breakfast while giving them a bit of time to soak in, then do my make-up afterwards. I actually bought these two today, so I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet, but I like whitening products because they’re supposed to help even out your skin tone and fight discoloration, which I have. (hi dark circles)

2. Sheet Masks
I use sheet masks maybe 1-2 times a week for extra moisture. The thing I’ve noticed with masks is that you have to use them very consistently to see any significant effect. I have no brand loyalties when it comes to masks. I always buy them via 10+10 deals and switch kinds when I run out. The ones I’m currently using are from Tony Moly’s Pureness 100 line.

3. Eye Patches
My biggest issue with my skin is my under eye area. I have pretty dark circles/discoloration, so I like to use eye patches whenever I remember or get the urge to. I prefer the consistency of gel patches, but there are paper versions as well. Like face masks, I hop from brand to brand, but I’m currently using Missha’s Clearing Gel Eye Patch.

4. Missha Near Skin Ultimate Firming Eye Cream
As it appears we live in a cruel and imperfect world, I’ve started developing a few fine lines beneath my eyes this year. So lately I’ve been applying this firming eye cream every night before bed. I haven’t been using it long enough to tell if it has any effect or not, but I really hope it does because !!! I’m only 23 !!! I can’t be wrinkly already !!!

5. Nature Republic Snail Solution 70 Cream
I apply a layer of moisture cream to my whole face every night before I go to sleep. I bought this particular cream via a 1+1 deal, so it was a great price. And honestly there’s just something about snail cream that intrigues me?? It’s very moisturizing, and said to be good for other things like wrinkles, acne, redness, etc. as well. The consistency is light and a bit gooier(?) than most creams. That sounds mildly unpleasant, but I dig it.

Overall, I’m not loyal to any one brand when it comes to skincare. I tend to buy all of my products on sale, so whichever store is having a sale that particular day is usually who gets my money. I’ll keep trying new products as mine run out, so let me know if there are any you’re curious about!

TonyMoly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick Review

After trying out and loving the Etude House Eye’s Cream products, I was quite determined to try out more eye cream in stick form.  I came across the TonyMoly Panda’s Dream Eye Sticks and was very keen to try these out!

TonyMoly’s Panda’s Dream line comes with 2 different types:
- TonyMoly Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Stick
-TonyMoly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick

The TonyMoly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick is a portable stick-type eye cream that provides moisture and cooling effects to the delicate area around the eye.
To use, apply the product gently from the inner side to outer side.  Tap lightly with finger tips for better absorption.

The TonyMoly Panda’s Dream So Cool Eye Stick has an adorable panda design. The eye stick comes in a twist stick packaging. Once the lid is removed, there is another plastic protective cap on the top of the product itself. There is 9g of product in total.

My eyes are usually quite puffy in the morning, but with the application of this cooling eye stick, the swelling is reduced quite dramatically. The So Cool Eye Stick offers a very light cooling effect that is quite minimal and lasts for a short time so it doesn’t cause any irritations to the eyes. The product glides on smoothly and doesn’t tug on the skin during application. It offers moisture to the delicate skin around the eyes. The eye cream leaves the eye area feeling fresh with no greasiness or stickiness. It is convenient to use with its twist design and roll over application which doesn’t cause a mess or take too much time to apply, making it perfect for use in the morning. Overall, this product is pretty great and I’m excited to try the brightening version next!

-provides a cooling effect
-non-greasy and fresh feeling
-easy application + convenient to use
-doesn’t cause any irritations
-glides on smoothly

Cons: None

Overall Rating: 4.5/5


Iri Reviews:

Tony Moly Tea Tree Sheet Mask

  • I was a bit nervous because I’ve had tea tree shampoo/conditioner and it smelled very strong and made it hard to breathe
  • But! While this mask did smell like the shampoo/conditioner, it wasn’t nearly as strong
  • It was actually quite nice
  • Noticeable difference after taking mask off, washing my face with toner, and then putting moisturizer on
  • I still noticed a difference a few days later
  • The other makes were noticeable a few das later as well, but this one seems stronger
  • The results hadn’t faded as much