Primera Miracle Seed Essence Review

Essences seem to be having a moment, don’t they? First essences, traditional essences and single extract essences are hot products on the Asian beauty scene and I’m all for it! Quick primer: What is an essence? Essence is considered the essential step in a skincare routine. They’re different from toners because they’re more highly concentrated …

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Illiyoon Ceramide Ato Concentrate Cream Review

Moisturizers are a category of skincare I generally regard as difficult to get right. It’s up there with sunscreen as one of the trickiest skincare items to tick every box of needs and wants. And yet, it’s arguably one of the most important products we use. Look, moisturizers may not be the most exciting skincare …

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Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence Review

When I first started my Korean skincare journey I got really interested in ingredients. Snail mucin was my first love and the first ingredient that really made a big impact on my skin. But there was another ingredient that also made a big impact, big enough that I reserved a spot for it in all …

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Etude House Soon Jung pH 5.5 Relief Toner Review | Beautiful Simplicity

I’m a self diagnosed toner-holic. I think you know me well enough by now to know my favorite skincare step is toner. And boy, do I love discovering new toner options. My bias leans towards watery, thin and light toners that pack a punch of hydration. I also appreciate mild ingredients and a small price …

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Make Prem Chaga Concentrate Essence Review

What’s the most important criteria for good skincare, in your opinion? Maybe it’s ingredients and formulation, texture and experience of using or measurable benefits for the skin. I take my job as a skincare reviewer seriously. I like to make sure I put products to the test and see exactly how they measure up to …

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Essential Oil Free K-Beauty Swaps

Having sensitive skin isn’t always easy. You must be careful when introducing new products and you must be diligent with ingredients lists, avoiding those ingredients that can flare up your skin. For my sensitive skin, one of those ingredients that must be avoided is essential oils. It’s been a long and winding journey to figure …

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Klairs Fundamental Ampule Mist and Watery Oil Drop Review

There’s something special about the brands that have made a big impression on your skincare journey. Those brands that have captured your imagination, earned your trust and skincare dollars over the years. But as we progress on that journey, we change. Our skin changes, our knowledge deepens and our philosophy around skincare evolves. And sometimes …

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New Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sunscreen | Essential Oil Free SPF

Sunscreen is the trickiest skincare product to get just right. Outsiders think it’s as simple as the amount of SPF coverage and whether you prefer chemical or mineral filters… how hard could it be? I know you’re laughing at reading that sentence because you and I know it’s waaaaay more complicated than that! To list …

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There’s Something About Mugwort | Missha Artemisia Treatment Essence

Are you a skincare minimalist? Maybe you still perform 10+ steps in your routines but you prefer to use straightforward products with simple ingredients lists? If you fall into the latter category, then I have a product for you! This is the Missha Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence, and it contains only 1 ingredient — …

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Keep Cool And Soothe Bamboo Toner and Serum Review

New releases in K-beauty are always an exciting thing, but many new releases have not lived up to their hype (Cosrx, I’m looking at you). But recently I discovered a new-to-me and relatively new-to-the-scene brand, Keep Cool, and their Soothe Bamboo Toner and newly released Soothe Bamboo Serum. And I’m excited! As someone who tests …

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