I hope you guys are psyched for today’s post because we’ll be chatting about K-Beauty. For those of you that don’t know, that’s just the umbrella term for products that are manufactured in South Korea. My only stab at K-Beauty before this was the Tony Moly items I reviewed here. I’ve been eyeing out some stuff but with the vast range of items, it took a while to decide.
Then late last year I got contacted by Postbox Courier offering me a shipping voucher to test out their services. I usually use Aramex as my freight forwarder when shopping overseas but their crap service and having to wait 2 months for packages made me want to switch back to using the Post Office. Yep, that bad. I decided to try it out and picked up some products from SokoGlam, a New York based company specialising in K-Beauty. I popped some products into my cart, checked out with PayPal and popped onto the Postbox Courier website to create a pre-alert. This needs to be done to notify them that a package is expected along with general details such as the company, item category and estimated value of the goods. Within 5 days my order had arrived at the Postbox Courier hub in New York and I got an email to make payment for shipping. The cost was R373 but since I had a voucher, I used that instead. Within another 2 days I got an email to pay customs of R340 (quite high since the value of the parcel was R560) which I paid immediately and the parcel was delivered the next day.
Now I know some of you are thinking, but that’s expensive. The prices are based on weight and size so it does differ from package to package. Knowing I can get my items so quickly does make it worth it, especially if you’re in a crunch for a present or something like that. Service was excellent, efficient and seamless so I hope they lower their prices a bit since customs can hurt the purse as well. Prior to accepting the shopping voucher, I read reviews of other bloggers that also complained about the price of the shipping.
Then something caught my eye. Unlike other freight forwarders that charge you per parcel, Postbox Courier can combine multiple orders in one shipment which means only one shipping fee. The upside to this is that since a lot of beauty companies use sponge and large bubble wrap to protect your items, Postbox Courier will repackage your items from multiple orders so that they are safe and so that there is less wastage space resulting in a lower shipping fee. I think that’s quite awesome.
Going forward, I’ll start making wishlists of the items I want and haul them all at the same time to enjoy the benefits of using Postbox Courier services. Trust me, having your items within 3 days for an international shipment is truly incredible. That, and not having to worry about your items going missing along the way. Signing up for Postbox Courier is free with no monthly or handling fees. You can get a quote upfront for your shipment and it’s all clear cut from there onwards. Now enough about that, let’s get on to the K-Beauty items I picked up from Sokoglam.
Missha Super Aqua Pore-Kling Toner – $14
Infused with Italian Sparkling Water, this toner claims to control excess oil production while keeping the skin hydrated. It removes dead skin cells while firming and brightening the skin. I enjoyed using this toner because it cleansed my pores without leaving my skin feeling tight and smells really fresh. Also didn’t feel it made such a huge difference that would tempt me to buy it again. I prefer acid toners like the one I mentioned here because it helps with acne and texture as well.
Missha M Magic Cushion SPF 50 PA+++ – $19
If you don’t know your sunscreen terms, then this just basically indicates that it offers the best protection from UVA and UVB rays. The cushion foundation comes housed in the most gorgeous white compact which is lightweight but I haven’t yet tested its durability for travel. There are only 4 shades available in the compact and I got the darkest one in Golden Beige. Luckily it matches my complexion and skin tone perfectly since I am on the more neutral side. These shades will not work for anyone with a yellow/more olive undertone. Coverage is light to medium and looks very natural on the skin. It comes with an applicator sponge but I prefer going in with a brush or Beauty Blender. It contains witch hazel, rose oil and niacinamide to absorb sweat and sebum as well as bamboo water for hydration. I find I do need to blot/powder as the day progresses but I love this foundation for those no-makeup makeup days. That’s the point behind K-Beauty, your skin but better.
Missha Speedy Solution Brightening Eye Patch – $2
I got two pairs of these eye patches and I have to admit they are the best I’ve ever used. Each pair is single use and large enough to fit any eye shape. Once the plastic backing is removed, I apply it to my undereyes and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. It is made from material and sticks really well to the skin so no amount of moving or shaking can make it budge. It really annoys me when I use other eye masks and need to keep my head up so it doesn’t fall off. I experienced no tingling or burning, just a cooling sensation everytime I ran my fingers over the patch. Upon removal, my dark circles appear diminished, the skin looks plump and hydrated and the entire eye area is brightened. It contains hyaluronic acid and broccoli extract and is the perfect pre-function eye prep. Anyone know where I can find them in bulk?
Missha Speedy Solution Anti Trouble Patch & Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch- $5
This has got to be my number 1 beauty product of the year. Pimples patches are not a new thing and have been around for years. Why I haven’t seen them or heard anything about them, I honestly don’t know. When shopping on the SokoGlam site, I came across the Missha and Cosrx patches. Most of the reviews I read listed the Cosrx patches as the best of them all but I decided to try both anyway. For $5, you receive 96 clear round Missha patches and 24 transparent Cosrx patches. For the amount of whiteheads I was getting, I figured 24 patches was way too little. After two months, I’ve already used about 70 patches and been loving it so more are already on their way. You’re meant to apply it after cleansing and toning and then complete your skincare around the patches you applied.
I prefer the Missha patches as they are thinner and stick better to my skin so most days I wear them you won’t even notice it. When I do want to wear makeup, I like using the Cosrx patches as they have a skin-like texture and shade so applying makeup over it goes unnoticed. The Missha patches are plastic-like and slippery so it doesn’t hold on to the makeup well. You definitely see a difference which bothers me. The patches don’t contain any acne fighting ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree, it just covers the pimple like a blister band-aid. It provides a physical protective barrier on the skin which absorbs excess fluid. The way it summons bacteria and debris from within is quite magical in a way. I usually leave my patches on overnight but try to push it for longer periods of time on weekends. This way it has more time for the pus-filled pimple to emerge and once the patch is removed, the excess gunk can just be washed/squeezed out.
I noticed that Cettua (available from Clicks and Takealot) also have spot clear patches available. I really loved the masks from them that I reviewed here so I think I’m going to try those too. They’re only R38 for 48 patches and they do have tea tree and salicylic acid so fingers crossed they work like a bomb. Have you ever tried pimple patches before?
And then a family member gifted me the following products which I’ve been trying out.
J.One Black Jelly Pack – $47
This is an anti-aging skin care treatment that works while you sleep. It hydrates and plumps the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and evens out the complexion. The overnight mask is applied as the last step in your skincare routine to give a youthful glow by morning. I use this once a week to get rid of any dullness and hydrate and dryness in my skin. It absorbs quite quickly without leaving the skin taught or greasy. It works great for oily/combo skin as well and I’ve noticed it soothes my breakouts. Definitely something I would recommend and I’d love to try more products from the brand.
Dr G Brightening Peeling Gel – $20
The concept of this is exactly the same as The Body Shop Peel I reviewed here. The gel is applied to cleansed skin and massaged until pellets form. It’s a mild exfoliator that lifts of dead skin cells to reveal brighter and more radiant skin. I find this one has a stronger, more medicinal scent but nothing that’s too bad or lingers afterwards. It contains vitamin C to brighten, black willow to soften dead skin cells and honey extract and hollyhock to soothe inflammation. Honestly, this one and the one from The Body Shop work just as well for my skin but I think due to the ingredients in the Dr G peel it is better for my skin overall. Also, it doesn’t feel as sticky and slimy as The Body Shop one does when washing it off. It must be good since it is the number one exfoliting K-Beauty gel in Korea.
Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner – $40
I only found out the brand that this was whilst writing this blog post. I assumed it was Organic Flowers the entire time I’ve had it. It contains aloe vera extract to moisturise and nourish skin and dandelion and argan oil to improve skin texture while leaving it dewy and hydrated. To be honest, I was scared the minute I saw “rich” toner but after reading reviews on it assisting with acne and rosacea I decided to use it. I felt it definitely was a lot more sticky and thicker than other toners, almost like an oil or a serum. While using it, it didn’t cause me to breakout but I found my skin to feel greasier and my makeup shifted around over it. I use it now only on the spots I get flaky, like my forehead and dried up blemishes, using a cotton bud at night only. Not something I’d repurchase for myself but I will use it up.
And then lastly, I decided to pop into The Face Shop in Bruma close to Eastgate Shopping Mall. They are also a K-Beauty brand but this outlet stocks a few other products as well. They have makeup and skincare but I found some of their prices to be outrageous (R800 for face cream) so I left with just these two items.
Mediheal Teatree Care Solution Essential Mask – R30 each or R270 for box of 10
I picked up these sheet masks to take with me on holiday as I figured anything else would be too much work. I first cleanse and tone and then apply the mask. It contains enough “serum” to add on whilst drying and to work into the skin afterwards. I absolutely love the way it fits and feels on my face. The recommended time is 20-30 minutes but I usually leave it on for more than 30 minutes, mostly because I’ll be watching a series, and then remove it and continue with the rest of my skincare items. I used this every second or third night on vacation but now with my other masks in tow, I use it once a week. It leaves my skin feeling soothed, fresh and hydrated with tea tree, whilst the chamomile calms the inflammation. I will continue to repurchase this as it is affordable and works a lot better than other sheet masks I’ve tried.
The Face Shop Folding Eyebrow Trimmer – R40 for pack of 2
I’ve been shaving my face ever since I watched a video of Carli Bybel doing it. It’s really hard to find good razors like this these days as they are made so cheap and flimsy. This set, however, is much more durable and the blades are much sharper than the cheaper razors I order from Takealot. It removes all the peach fuzz and fluff for a smooth base to apply makeup. And no, the hairs don’t grow back thicker, that’s just a myth. If you don’t believe me, just Google it lol. I shave my face every 2 weeks and change the razors every 3 months. I noticed a K-Beauty store in Cresta so it might be worth heading there to check what they have to offer.
Thanks for reading bellas and hope you enjoyed this post, even though it was a tad bit long.
Have you tried any K-Beauty products before?
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