Makeup, skincare

End of 2017 haul and Happy New Year!

First of all, Happy New Year to anyone who is passing by, I hope you will have a great one! I am starting 2018 with my most recent purchases in this “haul” article.

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I ordered a few Korean cosmetic products on one of my favorite K-beauty website that is roseroseshop.com. I would 100% recommend this website that offers a large variety of products with decent shipping fee prices.

I am a big fan of Joan Kim on YouTube and she is the one who inspired me to try out COSRX skincare line. So I basically got a full new skincare routine. I was so excited to try the ever so famous COSRX Pimple Pads that she raves about so much but also the Centella Blemish Cream. I have been using the products for almost 2 weeks now and I can already tell that my skin is changing.

I also got a few makeup items, such as a new eyelash curler from Clio – that I hate by the way, don’t get it – and an eyeliner pen from J.ESTINA.

Furthermore, I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in London. I had a lot of fun going to Winter Wonderland, where I ice-skated for the first time in my entire life. I don’t know about you guys but London also screams shopping to me… well I am actually proud of me for not going on a shopping spree there. I definitely controlled myself and only got a few drugstore products that I believe everyone should get when traveling in London.

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I restock on my favorite budget-friendly Collection 2000 concealer in the shade 01. Truly the best, nothing else compares to it. I have been curling my hair for the past few months and for some reason, I haven’t been using any heat protectant which can be damaging, so I picked up the Tresemmé heat protectant in Superdrug to act as a heat barrier. And of course, I used that “Exclusive to Superdrug” as an excuse to buy another Batiste dry shampoo, knowing that I have three left in stock from my last trip… naughty me. After a short trip to Covent Garden, which is actually one of my favorite spots in the city, me and my friends went to The Ordinary where we got each of us a Serum Foundation as well as the Salicylic Acid treatment.

Again, I have been trying out most of the products from this article so if you guys are interested in reading more about a particular product, don’t hesitate to make a request!

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Night time skincare routine

I don’t change my routine frequently since I am the type of person who tends to stick to a routine if she finds something working. My skin is prone to redness, dryness and is quite sensitive. Disclaimer; what works for me might not work for you.

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These days, I have been using SVR Micellar Solution to take my eye makeup off with the help of a few cotton buds that I run on my lashes. I like to double cleanse with theSAEM Snail Deep Cleansing cleanser which has the weirdest texture ever, similar to white glue that adheres to the skin to remove impurities leaving it deeply hydrated. I said that I like to stick to a routine but if I feel like a little bit of change, it would probably be choosing another cleansing method. I will definitely write an article about the different types of cleansing products I use in the future!

My night time cream of choice is Skinfood Bounce Grape cream. I believe the brand came out with the Bounce Grape line only recently. This cream has a light gel texture that penetrates into the skin almost instantly. It delivers high level of moisture and leaves your skin smoother than before. I have been having less and less dry patches on my face thanks to this gel cream!

To get rid of any pimple or imperfection, I have been using La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ for a few years now. Great purchase, this tube format has been my ally from the first day of purchase. A little bit goes a long way. I usually dab a bit of product on every ‘little monster’ and my discolorations as well.

My favorite eye cream is Innisfree Orchid Eye cream. I feel like I am talking about this eye cream way too much but what can I do about it, this stuff works wonders on my eyes. If you want to know more about my thoughts here is the link to the review I made not too long ago.

Eventually, I try to use a light scrub once a week or two to remove dead skin. I like the Clinique 7 day scrub cream which is not too abrasive for my skin type.

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Innisfree Orchid eye cream

I turned twenty a few months ago and my biggest skincare concern now is probably getting wrinkles and fine lines. I know… I’m “only” twenty. Well, better start early. I strongly believe that eye cream is an important step in a skincare routine that you should not miss. During my trip in Seoul a month ago, I bought myself Innisfree Orchid eye cream while I was wandering around in the busy streets of Myeongdong. I really wanted to try this product since it first came out firstly because Innisfree is one of my favorite Korean skincare brands and secondly because orchids are one of my favorite type of flowers.

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The scent isn’t too intense and goes away from your face as soon as you finish to apply the eye cream. I can get really small bumps under the eyes and this product has not irritated my skin yet. The texture is not thick at all but provides strong hydration hence I prefer to apply this product at night. I usually take a tiny sample of it and dab the product slightly under my eyes with my ring fingers. The eye cream sinks into the skin relatively quickly as you massage your eye area. Believe me, a small amount goes a long way! I rub the remaining product if any on the fine lines around my mouth as well.

After a good month of test, I can definitely see the difference. My eyes turned less puffy around, my dark circles are somehow getting less dark, I seem more awake when I just wake up… I said a few lines above that I could get bumps under my eyes… well, they disappeared. I guess you can tell from my writing, I am truly satisfied.

In terms of packaging, not the most convenient; I would have preferred a small tube or a small bottle with a pump but it is not a big deal to me. Price wise, this eye cream might be considered on the pricy side but I totally think that it is worth it.

If you want to get a try, you can find the product here (on sale now!). Please leave me your feedback if you have tried the product and if you are as satisfied as I am, I would love to read your comments!

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