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Greetings, lovelies! I’ve been a beauty writer for over 10 years and a skincare/cosmetic enthusiast since I was a teenager. I love what beauty makes possible, so I also write makeup, skin, and hair care tutorials for FierceLeague.com.
Here’s my Spring 2020 A.M. routine:
• SRB Stabilized Rice Bran Wash
• NuFountain c20 + Ferulic Vitamin C Serum
• Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
• Secret Key First Starting Treatment
• Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Invigorating Water
• Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum
• Shangpree Bitgoa Hue Rich Cream
• Nivea Super Protect Water Gel Sunscreen
• Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil EX
• Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Bubble Foaming Cleanser
• Tretinoin 0.1%
• Elra Story Light-Up Toner
• Ground Plan Cell Power Energy Essence
• AZN Labs Afterglow Ampoule
• Sheet masks (mainly Naruko, Sulwhasoo, and JM Solution)
• Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Mask
• Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Eye Serum & Eye Cream
WOW! Most of their packaging doesn’t impress me much, but then there are gems like these here and there, and I’m completely stunned. Augh! GORGEOUS!
Hi tracyannteel and kimmy! I noticed that Missha isn’t sold on beautytap anymore but A’Pieu is. Then I went to the Missha site and saw that they aren’t selling A’Pieu any longer. Do either of you know what happened with these sister brands? And, kimmy, I agree that Missha product packaging isn’t usually inspired – but their their hanbang lines are made of glass with a traditional-feeling aesthetic and are quite lovely. 🌹
Hi “lightbulb”. 🙂 I haven’t bought anything from Missha’s US site for a while. They had a security issue late last year, which did some pretty big damage in terms of customer confidence, so I haven’t even browsed their products since then. Both brands are available through Jolse, though (but not the Vitalizing Finisher above). You’re absolutely right about the hanbang product bottles. I have an empty MISA Geum Sul First Essence Booster bottle (the gold one) that I can’t seem to throw out ‘cuz it’s just too pretty.
Huh! I had no idea that there was anythign going on at all between those brands. But then,. I’ve never shopped on official sites before, because I love the convenience of getting several brands in one order.
Here’s an article that recaps what happened, Kimmy. https://www.fanserviced-b.com/missha-us-alleged-website-security-breach-in-november-2017-and-earlier/
Oh, cool! Thank you for linking me ❤
Haha!! I do that too! I was horrified when I realized that I had amassed way more of my HG masks (cos i kept buying when they go on sale) than I had thought! So now, I keep a spreadsheet of all my items including deluxe samples and I make myself go look at that list before buying anything!! AND, I only buy something that is HG and I know I will use a lot of. Lol. It was super super hard to not pick up anything during Beautytap’s amazing Labor Day sale! I was tempted all weekend and looked at my spreadsheet many many times! I think I will cave by the time Black Friday rolls around if not before! 😀
I’m standing right next to you in line waiting for the First Care Activating Serum to go on sale! I want to give it a shot for a few months because everyone goes on and on about how amazing it is
Yeah … not the smartest thing I did this summer. Thankfully, it healed up really well and reminded me to restock some skincare 9-1-1 options (Cosrx Snail Essence, Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream, and more).
Yes, that’s a good idea!! Lucky you are smart enough to at least know what your skin needs for recovery! I hope it didn’t take too long.
My cheek healed up nicely within a week, but the first time I did something stupid (overexfoliated), I was at a complete loss. Stay tuned for a product-by-product article on what I think we should all have in our “emergency” skincare kit. 🙂 Article coming soon.
Tracy, I just ordered my first bottle of Curology and am feeling so nervous that it will mess up my skin! I hear such good things about it but have heard some people develop sensitivities too. I’m willing to give it a try to help with the hyperpigmentation and anti aging. I know you love Sulwhasoo and use it too – do you mind sharing how you layer your Curology into your routine? I’d appreciate it sooo much!!! Thank you!!!
mochiandblush, thanks for asking! I’m using prescription tretinoin gel, so it’s not quite the same as Curology. For me, I use it in the evening after, or in place of, AHA/BHA, so I cleanse and use a pH balancing toner then apply the tret. After 20 minutes, I begin the toner, essence, serum, sheet mask, etc. part just like a regular routine. Tracy of fanserviced has a great visual post on the whole routine, so you can see where to use your Curology. Here’s a link: https://www.fanserviced-b.com/a-visual-guide-to-the-korean-skincare-routine/
For me, I took a tip out of the Jude Chao playbook (She’s the Director of Marketing here) and concentrated on going heavy with moisture in the…[Read more]
Tracy! Thanks for your reply! I don’t know how I missed it! Thanks also for the links! I read Fiddy’s account and it was what decided it for me – to try it. But thanks for the feedback. It’s good to know that others also have good experiences with it. Much appreciated! 🙂
Happy to help. I hope all goes well for you. 🙂
Have you changed your nighttime routine as well, or isn’t the sliding-off as bad at night? Is there still any Sulwhasoo in your routine? I’d love to know ❤️
Thankfully, our bedroom is nice and cool, so my nighttime routine still includes a cream (which I rely on since I use tret). Sulwhasoo’s Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum is always in there (often before a nice sheet mask). I have three creams in rotation for the evening: SanDaWha Camellia, Sulwhasoo Bloomstay, and my HG Shangpree Bitgoa Hue Rich Cream.
Oooh, lucky you! AGAIN! You’re living all my skincare dreams, and just hearing about it makes me feel like I vicariously live them through you, just a little. I’ve wanted to try the Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum ever since I’ve read @Jude Chao ‘s glowing review of it. I especially remember her saying something about the serum birting a beautiful skin baby or something. Amazing. Here’s to hoping that will be a daily tap someday – hopefully at the beginning of a month, where I haven’t yet spent all of my “skincare and stuff” budget
This is the first time I’ve heard about the Shangpree Bitgoa Hue Rich Cream, though. I’ll check that out immediately. Edit: I rechecked. The ex…[Read more]
You’re very sweet, Kimmy! I’d hold Fiddy personally responsible for many of my skin care choices except I’m the one in control of the credit card. 🙂 Whenever I read one of her posts or listen to the Snailcast, I put things on my wish list. Two years ago, I swapped out my coffee, lunch, and clothing budgets in favor of skincare. I figure, since I work from home I can wear last season’s clothes and make my own meals. Ba ha ha. My makeup budget is still pretty costly, though, since I adore Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi Moisture Foundation and Maifanshi Powder (the powder has hyaluronic acid in it, so it’s not at all drying). Let me know if you try the Shangpree cream. It leaves my skin…[Read more]
Oh no! Now I also want to try that Maifanshi Powder! I’ve been looking for something to put over my current mega-shiny sunscreen, and so far all three powders I’ve tried have failed me from day one. I don’t want it to accentuate my fine lines, and I don’t want it to make my sulwhasoo-ily hydrated skin feel like it’s wearing a tight mask. I thought setting spray could be the answer, but now you’ve shown me another more likely possibility. Thank you for that!
I find that my skin really changes a lot depending on the season, so I definitely understanding having a product do nothing for you one part of the year and then having a totally different experience with it later on.
I never realized how much my skin varies throughout the year until I started my AB routine. We have four distinct seasons where I live, and I really have to modify my steps with each of them. Throw in some humidity, and I have to start all over. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m really thankful to have such a diverse stash to “shop” from (not like that stops me from buying anything new). 🙂
Is the texture of it rough enough to really get a good scrub in? And please, please do an update on how long it lasts for you.
Hi kimmy. Yes, it does a great job exfoliating and making your skin soft. Because of the open nature of the flax weave, it stays soapy for a while, too, which makes it easy to wash your entire body in one pass. I’ve been using it all week, and I’ll report back when I use it up. I feel like I’ll probably get a month’s use out of it, but if I only use it a couple times a week, it should last a while. P.S. I didn’t use any body lotion today (just sunscreen), and my arms and legs are super soft.
That sounds amazing, thank you! In that case this one definitely gets marked for a future order 😀
Just wanted to update you, Kimmy. I think I’ll get about one more week’s use out of this little scrubby goodie, and I’ve added it to my cart to repurchase. I really like how soft it makes my skin. It’s a little pricey for a bath item, but I’m making up the cost by using less body lotion. It’s a keeper for me.
Thank you for updating me! That sounds really good <3
That picture looks like you’ve taken it straight out of my dreams 😀
What’s your absolute favourite product of all these so far?
I can’t believe I have all these lovelies myself, kimmy. Right now, I’m loving both the Sulwhasoo FCAS Serum Mist and the Concentrated Ginseng Emulsion the most. The mist is ultra fine, and because it has oil in it, I haven’t needed to add my regular facial oil during my morning routine. I’m following Sulwhasoo’s recommendation on this one and spritzing it in between steps. It’s 90+ degrees here, and I haven’t had any dryness since I started using it.
Very impressive! Also, ultra fine mists are the absolute best. The emulsion I’ve just started using myself – it’s my first ever full-size product from Sulwhasoo, and it has won me over on all counts. All of them!
Haha! That’s amazing! Can’t wait to see your insight on the products your ordered!
It’s absolutely lovely! Personally, I’d use it to store my small collection of adorable stickers in it. If I didn’t have that, then I guess I’d use it for storing other pretty things for doing arts and crafts with. Definitely something I would actively use from time to time, so I could feel a happiness jolt every time I used it 😀
That’s a good idea, Kimmy. Right now, it’s on my desk (since I work from home), and it’s filled with hand creams and lip glosses. I think I might fill it up with all my loose Sulwhasoo samples, so I remember where they are. I hope you find a pretty home for your stickers. 🙂
The SanDaWha antioxidant camellia mask is a gel mask and it’s cool because it’s got bits of real camellia flower in it! It’s a nice mask and I love that it gives me an antioxidant boost in the summer.
Mmmm. I forgot all about that one! I put it on my wishlist a while back. Thank you, annapark! I’m loving the SanDaWha camellia cream, so I’m adding this to my cart right now.
So Lucky! I was disappointed to have missed out! 🙁
It sold out really fast, but maybe they’ll be able to get more soon. I always check beautytap first thing in the morning (even before checking email) since their daily tap deals are so good. I’ve become rather dedicated to this shop (3 purchases in 6 weeks).
Yeah, I do too! Unfortunately for me with the time difference, it was already too late. I agree that Beautytap does have great daily deals though!
Hi, have you tried the Cosrx snail mucin essence?
I wanted to like the Cosrx Snail Essence, myrebelliousskin, but it didn’t wow me. Aside from snail sheet masks, I haven’t found my HG snail product yet, so the search continues.
I remember my first snail product being the Benton snail bee essence, I liked it enough to repurchase multiple times, that is until I found the Cosrx snail essence. I’ve also tried the Mizon snail line, but found it pretty meh. Even though I like Cosrx snail essence, the accompanying snail cream doesn’t do anything for my dry as a desert skin.
I’ve heard good things about the Swanicoco snail fermentation line. I use their bitamin c line and it’s pretty good. I’m sorry I’m not of much help, haven’t tried that many snail products, I hope you find what you’re looking for. 😊
Try the Benton snail mask sheet i heard alot good things about it 👍🏻💕
Sandawa products are really good. I strongly recommend you. And Have you tried PURITO’s product? It is good too. there are good ingredient in almost all products.<3<3
I just received my first three SanDaWha products. The Camellia cream smells lovely, and my skin’s really liking the Liposome Skin Softener and Cream. I ordered the Purito Centella and am looking forward to trying it, too. Thanks for the recommendations. Looks like we think alike. 🙂
Oh no, that’s so disappointing! It seemed so promising! I guess they shouldn’t have messed with a good thing …
I couldn’t agree more, annapark. Usually, I’m skeptical and wait for someone else to review things like this…and now I remember why. Thankfully, I have a fresh bottle of the FCAS from Beautytap, and today it restored my faith in Sulwhasoo. That scent is everything! Gonna stick to the tried and true from now on. #LessonLearned
I always feel like the original of these kinds of products will continue to be the cream of the crop. Although I will say, I’m super curious to try out something from their Snowise line; I’m a sucker for silver and those silver caps look so pretty lol
I decided that, perhaps, my original deluxe sample didn’t give me a full enough experience to critique this edition properly…so, when beautytap put it on sale, I grabbed a bottle. I’ll comment again in June after giving it a more elongated trial.
the dailytaps are the best! you’ll have to keep us posted. or post pictures of the gorgeous packaging at the very least lol