My Updated Korean Skincare: 11-step routine

1. Facial Spray: Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater 

I love that this facial mist refreshes and hydrates my skin before starting my skincare routine and after. It’s lightweight, smells amazing, and is super hydrating for my dry skin during the cold winter months and whenever I need a pick me up throughout the day. I don’t only use it to prep / lock in my skincare but I also sometimes use it as a setting spray for my makeup. It just gives the face a dewy look. It’s great to spray right after taking a shower too, to replenish the skin.

2. Oil Cleanser: Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Oil

Three months later, still using this cleanser. This cleanser does not break me out at all and is very gentle on my skin. I use about two pumps and that cleanses my face and neck overall. Not only that, my boyfriend loves it too! For more review on this product check out my previous skincare routine linked down below.

3. Water Cleanser: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

I got this deluxe sample size water cleanser from the Sephora Favorites Skincare Routine: Combo Skin links to my beauty haul awhile back. I’ve been using this for quite some time now and honestly, I know everyone on earth talks about this cleanser and loves it. However, for me the scent just wasn’t cutting it for me… I felt like it was a strong soy scent that I did not enjoy. It’s great at removing makeup and hydrating the skin but for me I simply, could not stand the scent.

4. Exfoliator: Skinfood Wash Off Black Sugar Mask

This is a two in one: a wash off mask as well as an exfoliator. I finished up the Skinfood Wash Off Rice Mask so I wanted to try this as it goes hand in hand with my oil cleanser. This stuff smells amazing and I use it twice a week to give my face some good exfoliation when I need it. I love the grainy texture of it and how after you exfoliate it leaves the skin super smooth, hydrated and dewy. Tip: If you find it to be a harsh exfoliator just add some water to it, and it’ll be gentle on the skin. Overall, Skinfood Black Sugar line has never failed to disappoint me as I love the two products from the Black Sugar line already.

5. Toner: Son & Park Beauty Water and Skin Toner

I finished up my Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal a couple weeks ago and decided to try this out since I bought this during Soko Glam Black Friday sale. It smells like wine to me but I enjoy the scent and it is not too overpowering like the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. I love that this product is also multipurpose it’s a cleanser, exfoliator, and toner all in one. I love that it’s hydrating on the skin and for resetting my skin’s pH levels. Sometimes, if I don’t have time to do my skincare routine I’ll only use this as it is multipurpose.

6. Essence: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

I purchased this from Ulta when they had the 20% off coupon. I watched a bunch of reviews on this product before purchasing it. And frankly, I’m in LOVE with this product. I love the sticky consistency and gooeyness of this product. It feels wonderful on the skin sort of like a thick hydrating serum but is lightweight and the sticky feeling goes away as it absorbs into your skin. I like that it locks in the moisture in my skin. It’s a great product to try since it’s different than most essence as those are a watery consistency, while this one is more of a thick consistency.

7. Sheet Mask: Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Hydro Gel Mask

My sheet masks varies from time to time but this happen to be the one I’m using today. I need to do a separate review for this sheet mask like I usually do for my sheet mask reviews since I’m a sheet mask fanatic. I never really use a hydro gel mask before so this is one for the books ha. It’s interesting that this is a two piece mask one for the upper part of your face and one for the bottom portion of your face. It sticks to your skin since it’s hydro gel and I left it on for 15-20 minutes… and well stay tune for a review.

8. Serum: iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum

I’ve been using this serum for the past two months and find that this product helped relieve my irritated skin and also lightened up my sun spots and acne scars. They aren’t dark as they were before using this product. I like that it is a mild scent, light colored green serum, moisturizing and leave the skin looking dewy. I find that this product absorbs into the skin quite quickly too compared to other serums that I’ve tried out. It does leave a light stickiness once applied to the face but that quickly disappears as it soaks up into the skin. I find it super moisturizing for my dry skin. Overall, I enjoy this serum and cannot wait to try other serums from the brand.

9. Eye Cream: Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream

It’s been month since I’ve used this eye cream and honestly, I notice no visible difference in reduction of my dark spots under my eye or even wrinkles. I feel like it gets the job done at moisturizing my under eye but other than that I feel like it’s any other eye cream out there. Please let me know, if you guys know any good eye creams out there once I finish this up.

10. Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

I love that this moisturizer goes on lightweight, has a settle scent to it, and is ultimately moisturizing for the face. It’s a wonderful moisturizer that I even bought a backup of it once I finish this bottle up. I even convinced my brother to buy a bottle since I loved it so much. It’s a great bang for the buck moisturizer since a little goes a long way. AMAZING let me know what your holy grail moisturizer is? Mine is this one right here.

11. Sunscreen: Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50

A little goes a long way in my opinion because if I don’t have time for my skincare routine, I always make sure to apply sunscreen before heading out. I realize the importance of sunscreen as it prevents me from getting more sun spots and wrinkles. I’ve been loving this sunscreen and cannot wait to try something else once I finish this gem right here.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money aside from the iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Serum which was sent to me for free for review purposes. I am in no way obligated to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. All images are my own unless stated otherwise.

Korean Skincare: 10-step routine

1. Oil Cleanser: Skinfood Black Sugar Perfecting Cleansing Oil 

I love the consistency of it (thin and not sticky), feels like water at first when it’s on your hands but when you start rubbing it onto your face it gets super oily and it helps get rid of makeup and even some waterproof makeup such as eyeliner. However, I have normal to dry skin so my dry skin kind of soaks the oil up so I use two pumps of it for my entire face and neck. It gets the job done and you get so much of it. It’s a must have because the scent smells amazing too. I also love that when you wash it off, it feels like your washing soap off of your face because of the milky consistency it gives off.

2. Water Cleanser: H20 Plus Elements Keep It Fresh Face Cleanser

I’ve used water cleansers before but never religiously like I’ve been the past couple weeks. I received this from one of my ipsy’s bag awhile back and decided to give it a try. The consistency is lightweight and not sticky and once you apply it onto the face it has a cooling sensation. Once you rinse it off the face, it’s sort of foaming but not quite there yet but it’s a wonderful clean feeling on the face and it leaves your face smelling fresh and clean.

3. Exfoliator: Skinfood Wash Off Rice Mask

I know this is suppose to be a wash off mask but I use this as an exfoliator as well. I also have the black sugar wash off mask, and the strawberry black sugar wash off mask as well and I use both of those as exfoliators instead of a wash off mask. Anyways, this wash off mask/exfoliator is really gentle and amazing on the face. It makes my complexion brighter and more supple and firm. The scent it leaves on your face smells divine.

4. Toner: Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal

You all know how much I love this toner hence my November Empties 2017 with my mini red that after I finished it up. I went ahead and repurchased it in the bigger size. I always love buying the travel size products or receiving samples of stuff that I can test out for a couple of days or even weeks so I know what kind of product work and don’t work for me. This is a very good and gentle toner that smells like roses what’s better than that?

5. Essence: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

I received this in the Soko to Tokyo Soko to Tokyo kit from one of the Sephora’s favorites. I don’t think it’s sold in Sephora anymore but in the kit it included this essence. I believe the kit was around $40 but I bought it straight from Dote. Dote Shopping app is in the app store for apple users and you can receive $5 off your very first purchase along with free shipping! Use code: MV9S 

This is my first essence and it’s wonderful in my opinion, it works wonders and it smells great. It’s lightweight to the point where you can layer it as many time as you want but usually I layer it and pat it onto my face about two times. However, it’s quite expensive for what it is and there are more affordable options out there. Once I finish this baby up, I’ll be trying out a new essence.

6. Sheet Mask: Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Kiwi

I had a big LOVE for sheet masks. Honestly, today I used a innisfree sheet mask but it depends. My sheet mask varies when it comes to targeting different things such as brightening, firming, moisturizing, skin problems, and etc. Today I wanted to brighten up my skin so I used this sheet mask but sheet masks varies all the time for me. This kiwi scent smelled amazing and was super hydrating.

7. Serum: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

I received this serum from the Ready. Set. Hydrate! Kit I bought at Ulta and the serum itself is super hydrating on the skin and it left a cooling sensation on my skin. It doesn’t really quite smell like anything to me but maybe like a clean smelling scent is how I would describe it. I think I have one or two more uses out of this and I will be finished with this product sooner than later. I plan on repurchasing because it leaves my skin super hydrated. Despite, the stickiness it leaves on the hand I can look past it because I love what it does for my skin.

8. Eye Cream: Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream

I fell in the trap of buying an expensive eye cream… I mean it gets the job done but I feel like all it does so far for my skin is moisturizing and I haven’t really noticed a difference in the appearance of my wrinkles or anything on my eyes. Once I finish this product, I don’t think I’ll repurchase this anytime soon because I feel like there are better options out there for a much more affordable price as well.

9. Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

I initially bought the Ready. Set Hydrate! Kit from Ulta because I wanted this face moisturizer in particular but discovered amazing hidden gems as well. I bought it during one of their 21 days of beauty event a while back for around $22 I believe. I love how lightweight the moisturizer is on my face and it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. My skin soaks up the moisturizer real fast and it leaves the skin super hydrated.

10. Sunscreen: Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50

I never ever really wear sunscreen but I started to wear it right after reading The Little Book of Skincare 1st Ed. By Charlotte Cho and realized the importance of sunscreen so I bought this sunscreen and I’ve been using it daily ever since on my face and on the rest of my body. I’ve been enjoying the light weight feeling of it on my skin and the scent is kind of overpowering for my liking but it’s been good overall.

FTC: This blog post is not sponsored and I bought everything with my own money. All images are my own unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own. However, the dote code is my referral code so thank you in advance if you end up using it (: