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11 February 2016 13 comments


I love talking about Asian products because, more than likely, I get to gush. And there's lots of gushing to be done today. Take a look at my guide on Where To Buy Korean Beauty Products but I really recommend Yesstyle, a huge range, competitive pricing and free shipping to the UK over only £25.


Starting off, these new-er Innisfree Second Skin sheet masks are among some of my very favourites right now. They're not as expensive as some of the masks you might come across as the Korean beauty trend picks up pace (Travelmate, Shiseido etc) but perform just as well or better than them! I don't think there's too much specifically to say about sheet masks, other than the quality of the mask, shape and adherence, how the essence makes your skin feel after use, that kind of thing, in all of which these score top marks. There's not too much immediate distinction between Brightening/Nourishing/Moisture etc, they're all similar and all good, but each with specific active ingredients that might be beneficial in the longer term:

Anti-Trouble: propolis
Moisture: lotus flower, plum, castor oil
Nourishing: ceramide
Brightening: vitamin C derivatives
Lift Up: collagen

These guys really plump my skin up. In a totally non disgusting way, it feels as if I've had botox but with water? There's a trend in Korea atm to have hyaluronic acid injections? That terrifies me a little but the Innisfree masks for me make an excellent alternative. With my family being Korean, I have tried a lot of sheet masks, but these really impress me. I'll be repurchasing.

The Innisfree Face Designing Duo is a lovely duo of matte highlighting and contour shades. More subtle and natural than the Western drugstore contour palettes I've tried, it comes in a few shade options and is less than £10. The powders are creamy and super subtlely pearlised to look like skin rather than dusty or noticeable makeup. A nice, and much more affordable, alternative to the Kevyn Aucoin cream contour duo.

I also picked up a few of the Innisfree Cushion Foundation sponges. They sell these separately to the compacts, at only a few £'s, and they're my favourite way of applying base at the moment. Tap tap tap and they blend product out effortlessly whilst soaking up less liquid than a Beautyblender/RT sponge.



I love the Iope Moistgen range. It's good. Really hydrating, it's perfect for skins in their late teens/twenties that are just needing really good looking after and preventative measures. Whilst each product is great on it's own, I notice the biggest improvements using the Moistgen Softener, followed by the Emulsion then the Cream. Korea just knows how to do hydration. For the ultimate routine, I'll do an Innisfree sheetmask from above, followed by the Moistgen range (a thick layer of the cream), then go to bed. When morning rolls around, my skin feels plump and fat like a cherub. In the best way possible. Another definite repurchase.


I think I'll be doing a solo post featuring the O Hui Perfect Sun Red sunscreen as it's just everything I want in an SPF. Non oily, lightweight, it doesn't block my pores, break me out, mess with my makeup, there's  little to no whitecast, and alcohol isn't the second ingredient like with many other lightweight sunscreens.

It's a physical sunscreen meaning it scatters UV rays and you don't have to apply it 20 minutes before sun exposure. I'll be going indepth with photos in a later post so look out for that! (I really want to try this powder SPF 50 sunscreen too.)

I also picked up the O Hui Miracle Moisture cleanser and cleansing wipes. Facewipes are facewipes but these a) feel really nice and b) remove makeup really well. I definitely like cleansing gels and balms for the evening but for when I want a nice, refreshing face wash in the mornings, this is the only one I use now, I've thrown all my others out. Creamy and cleansing, it's a winner.


I won't deny that this is Expensive. The History of Whoo Ja Saeng Essence is a specialist, heavy duty, anti-ageing serum that promises to resurface your skin, making it super smooth and more firm, and increasing suppleness and elasticity. My aunt (a Korean skincare expert) uses this religiously and has truly incredible skin so if you can afford to splurge..


Last up, a hair pack. You're thinking 'what??'. A hair pack. The 7 Days Steam Hair Pack by SD Hair is a sheet mask for your hair essentially. I might have to give this a post of it's own too, but for now, it's a turbietowel coated with essence that you wrap your hair up in and let sit for 10-15 minutes. It self heats (presumably from the heat of your head) and you end up with much softer, silkier hair. My results? I'll have to keep that under wraps for now....!

Will you be picking up any of these K-beauty products?

If you liked this post you may also want to take a peek at this excellent cushion foundation. And of course if you have any questions about Korean beauty, let me know!

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  1. That Iope Moistgen looks lovely. I'm always browsing Yesstyle and wondering which Korean products to try next. I recently picked up the carbonated clay mask (which is supposed to bubble/foam on your face) so can't wait to try that when it arrives. Have you ever purchased clothes from that website? That and their stationery are pretty cute. x

    1. It's a really good, basic moisturiser, offers so much hydrating which I think is so important, esp for people of our age! I have, the tops I chose ran fairly small so that's something to bear in mind. Korean stationery is SO cute, I used to be obsessed with it everytime I went! xx

  2. Wow I need that essence. I have never tried any Korean skincare. My friend recently sent me a bundle of sheet masks and other Korean bits and bobs and I have not had chance to try it yet! Fab post lovely!

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

    1. Thank you :) I'm of course biased but I would highly recommend you try some! I think it's far better than a lot of western skincare xx

  3. All those products look stunning!

  4. I've heard a lot of great things about Innisfree. Can't wait to try it. Have you tried any of their skincare products?

    Jorj | Mad Cherry

    1. I have, I really like their green tea line and their sheet masks are some of my very favourites. Anything Jeju is good too, it uses botantical extracts from the island, I've found them to be really good! xx

  5. YEEEES I am also gushing about your haul! Love Korean skincare, and now I've started I just can't stop... I also have the Innisfree Second Skin masks, but mine's the moisture one and o m g the quality of those is seriously like nothing else... so awesome. I'm a big fan of Innisfree, because they seem to use more natural stuff? Big fan hahah! My friend who works in beauty told me The History of Whoo is actually really really good and one of the more premium brands so I wouldn't be surprised at how good it is ;)

    Definitely write about your O Hui products – ngl I was watching a Korean drama (oops embarrassing much?) and O Hui was one of the sponsors, I haven't heard of them before but hey, always something new to discover eh?

    aiteee time to stop lest I keep going on and on ha!

    Cherie x
    say hi at sinonym

    1. Aw thanks for the comment Cherie! Definitely, Innisfree is really natural, something I love about it. The History of Whoo is definitely premium but it's exquisite. My aunt has been using that serum for years and she legimately has the most beautiful, milky, ageless skin, so I better start now! I really like O Hui actually, they're under the Amore Pacific umbrella so good quality and the sunscreen is amazing. SPF50 for life right? xx

  6. I love love love Asian beauty products and I am really lucky to be able to travel to Asia often enough to get Korean beauty products there <3 I will definitely still browse on Yesstyle to keep my eyes on what products I would like to purchase next! Also, I need to try the Steam Hair Pack! It sounds really good and I love that Asian brands have masks for absolutely everything hehe! xx

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

  7. I'm looking forward to sharing about it! And ooh that's great, I'd love to be able to go to Asia more often xx

  8. LOVE Yesstyle, I've been using some skin care products that I've completely adored...definitely going to look into History of Whoo, they've been on my radar for quite some time. Also want to try Iope foundations & bb creams!! #halfietwins #halfieluxelife #identicaltaste :D xxx

    Georgia Grace |

  9. I've tried some of the products by Etude House, and I really love how it works for my skin. I like using the face sheet masks. It makes my skin feel so soft afterwards and some of my fine lines have softened! I definitely recommend this product.

    Erica K.


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