It all started when I got fed up when I realised how little my skincare routine at the time was doing for my skin. Although it had been improving (compared to a year before that), it still wasn't to my liking. I then started researching and came across the Korean ten-step routine. I don't use ten steps but I do have seven steps to it at night and four in the morning. In terms of make-up, I was also fed up with BB creams not matching my skin that well and a quick Google threw up the brand name Missha. The Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream is now a staple in my make-up stash.
During this period of research, I also learnt about the various ingredients in skincare that help with skin complexion. For example, niacinamide is fantastic for fading scars and brightening up your skin and chemical exfoliation can also do wonders for the same skin complaints. This has enabled me to spend less on skincare products as I now look for ingredients rather than for brands. I still had to be careful though and I did this by patch testing everything.
The one epiphany I had during this journey is realising that my skin wasn't actually oily, it was just very dehydrated. Once I introduced a moisturiser with ceramides in them, my skin became normal/combination and my pores also looked a lot smaller! And I credit this realisation to all of the Korean beauty research I had been doing. If I hadn't taken the dive into creams containing ceramide, I would still have shiny skin.
Some of my favourite Korean beauty products are as follows:
Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream
Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream
Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
Shu Uemura eyelash curlers
A'pieu cushion blushers
IOPE Air Cushion Compact
In November, my sister went to Seoul and she returned with a few goodies with me. I thought I'd share a few of them with you :)
VDL x Pantone Expert Color Eye Book 6.4
Just look at how beautiful the packaging is! The eyeshadows aren't the most pigmented but that's fine with me - it means I can wear shimmery shadows during the day without them being too obvious.
Rilakkuma x A'pieu Cushion Blushers
Just how adorable are these! My sister bought me four and they are very useful for when you want to put on blusher on the go. Just remember to regularly clean the cushion applicator! From top left, clockwise: a lilac blush, a pink blush, a coral blush and a brown blush.