The Best Korean Skincare Products I’ve Found for Winter 2017

I’d never experienced dry skin before coming to Korea, no joke. Hideously dehydrated, dull, pimply skin? Yes. But dry, cracked, and even peeling? No. That was a nice little surprise during my first winter here in 2014, when my face felt like it was falling off and my nose was so crusty with all dryyyyyy. I had to go into action pretty quick to transform my skincare routine and learn how to deal with it. Every winter since then I’ve been fully prepared, and this year I’ve been testing some of the best products I’ve tried yet, that are perfect for my normal/combination skin in the sub zero temperatures. I’m here to share both my approach to my skincare in winter, and the products I swear by.

Most of the products discussed here were provided as PR samples, or gifts. I will individually disclose each product. I am in no way obliged to include any of these products in this list- they’re here because I genuinely love them out of the huge variety of PR samples/gifts I receive and products I buy.

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Hanyul Pure Artemisia Cleansing Oil vs Aritaum Poyan Cleansing Oil

Double cleansing is a really important step in an evening time Korean skincare routine. Why? Your first step, the oil based cleanser, breaks down your sunscreen and makeup, and the second water-based step washes away residue and grime, leaving you with your blank canvas for the rest of your routine. I don’t think any other method effectively cleanses my face.

Having said that, finding cleansers you love/can afford, can be a little more tricky. Today I’m going to be putting two oil cleansers (first step cleansers) from EOpenMarket to the test: the high end, fancy-nancy Hanyul Artemisia Cleansing Oil, versus the budget Aritaum Poyan Cleansing Oil. Let’s see how they compare!

Both products were provided courtesy EOpenMarket in line with my policies. The links in this post are not affiliate.

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Best Korean Skincare Products: New Favourites!

Okay guys I’ve been trying a lot of new skincare products over the past three months or so, and there’s been some absolute gems that I wanted to share with you. If you’d like to see a full review of any products below, let me know in the comments! These are all tried and tested, but I’ve started testing a whole new wave of products too, so I’m sure there’ll be part II to this coming soon.

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Neogen Green Tea Gauze Peeling Pads Review…Hmmm.


I’ve been hesitant to post this review because in all honesty, I’m not sure if I’m missing a few things with regards to this product. It wasn’t what I expected! Read on for my experience.

This product was provided courtesy Neogen. All reviews are honest, as always.

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Kintex K-Beauty Expo Recap, 2017

Ok guys, honestly this is going to be quite a brief recap. I was in a bit of a rush the day I managed to attend the expo, and was too excited running around to take all the photos I should have. I also managed to miss a bunch of stands I’d wanted to see…but anyway, here’s what I saw and experienced. We also have the Intercharm Expo in November which I’ll hopefully be able to spend more time at, and see the brands I didn’t see at Kintex.

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All in One Therapy with Banobagi Clinic & Seoul Cosmetic Surgery

I’m back with another treatment review! This was a biggie for me- it included my first ever facial laser treatments at one of the most famous clinics in Seoul- Banobagi. Korean beauty in Seoul is all about facials, treatments and innovative solutions, and Banobagi Clinic are at the forefront of that, with the most up-to-date technology and expert medical staff. So how did I like my experience?

I received this treatment as a prize from Seoul Cosmetic Surgery medical concierge group, at Seoul Blogger Brunch. All opinions are honest, as aaaalways.

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Products I’m No Longer Using & Why

I’m going to be totally honest, from all the products I try these days, I rarely come across products I absolutely hate. It’s only happened a handful of times. I’m fairly picky about what I try- I check ingredients lists and I know what works for my skin. If companies send me products without consulting me, and I don’t think said products are suitable for my skin type or aims/sound boring, I might not even get around to testing them. I also have super NON-sensitive skin, so products don’t tend to break me out or irritate my skin, even if they don’t do much for me. 

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Another Cleansing Stick! Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Cleansing Stick Review

My obsession with cleansing sticks started waaaay back when, in 2014 when I arrived in Seoul, thanks to Sheryl from The Wanderlust Project and her love for the Su:m37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick. She got me firmly hooked on that, and I also jumped on Belif’s Chamomile Stick when that was released. I loved both, and compared them here. So when Neogen got in touch? Cleansing stick pretty please! I was pumped to try it, so let’s see how it worked out for me after three weeks continual use. I’m gonna kinda compare it to the other two cleansing sticks along the way.

This product was provided courtesy Neogen, but as per this doesn’t affect my review in any way.

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