Monday, 26 January 2015

6 Korean Beauty Products To Try

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My last Asian beauty product blogpost went down so well, I'm back with another thanks to Bonjour Hong Kong. This time, it's a whole box of Korean beauty products. Here's an overview of what treats I'll be reviewing in this blogpost:

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Unless you've been to Hong Kong, you probably won't be familiar with Bonjour but it's the equivalent to Boots or Superdrug stores here in the UK. 

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Precious Mineral BB Cream Blooming Fit by Etude House


Although Etude House isn't a brand that's available in the UK, some of the products are known within the beauty blogging world. I've learnt a little bit about them through bloggers and whenever I go to Hong Kong on my holiday, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for Etude House! 

I love a good BB cream so I was happy to see this in the box. I like the packaging, I think it's cute. The BB cream, costing approximately £10 with the current exchange rate, comes in a tube with a pump dispenser, which I quite like!

When you first put this on, it looks very dewy on skin so it's probably best suited for those with dry skin. I thought it felt a bit too shiny for me to begin with, I would liken it to Garnier's Original BB Cream but unlike Garnier's product, the sheen from Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream does fade throughout the day. 

Regardless, I need to use a finishing powder on this though. It is a nice, thick BB Cream which provides medium coverage to hide blemishes and dark spots, brightens, balances out your skin tone and gives your skin a radiant glow thanks to the mother of pearl lustre effect. It also contains SPF 30 which is a huge bonus.


etude face conditioning cream review

Face Conditioning Cream by Etude House


At first, I thought this was a moisturiser for your face but it didn't take me long to figure out that it is a cosmetic product and not skincare. Etude House Face Conditioning Cream is a primer that does indeed prep your face for make up. Primers are not something I use on a daily basis, but I definitely like to have it handy for it long days and nights out. It keeps your make-up in place and make it last a lot longer throughout the day, you'll find you won't need to touch up that often too.

It comes out of the tube looking a lot like white paint, but it isn't as heavy as it initially looks! It feel quite sticky to begin with which is not uncommon with primers as that's what helps your make up "stick", so to speak. Just like the BB Cream, it has a slightly dewy finish which fades within a couple of hours (or as soon as you use a matte base product).

It says on the website that you can apply this after toner, so it can be used in replacement of moisturiser. It is a moisturising, hydrating formula but I would still use a face lotion before applying the Face Conditioning Cream. It contains SPF 25 and cost around £8 ($12 USD)

Both of the Etude House products featured in this blogpost have whitening in them which is great if you've embraced the porcelain, fair skin look but not suitable for anyone who likes their tan!


too cool for school egg mousse pack review

Egg Mousse Pack by Too Cool For School


I was confused by this product, and I'm sort of still confused! It retails on BonjourHK for about £6, so it's a budget face mask. 

I like the packaging, it messes with your brain!! It's a skincare product that wouldn't look completely out of place in your kitchen... The instructions on the packaging are all in Korean but after looking in to this a bit further, here's what I have gathered:

It's a face mask that contains egg yolk extract which promises to make your skin feel as smooth as an egg. It's odourless so don't worry, it hasn't got an eggy scent to it! It's comes out of the bottle as a mousse and foams up like shaving cream. Massage on to skin for 1 minute and within moments, it becomes totally clear and transparent. 

I have absolutely no idea how long to leave this face mask on for, I have tried to find this out on Asian blogs and Too Cool For School stockists but no luck yet! I'm going to guess that 5 minutes is probably enough? 

yumei triple action lip

Yumei Flawless Triple Action Lip Reshaping


I don't know exactly what it is about the product that 'reshapes' your lips - again, I've tried to look for this information - but I think it might be because this lipstick/lipgloss duo makes your lips appear fuller. The triple action claim is that it plumps, repairs and makes the colour glow.

One end of the product is the lipstick with a balm in the core that conditions and moisturises. The other end is a very shiny gloss in the same shade. I don't really know if you're supposed to wear the gloss over the lipstick but I tried this and the colour ends up seeping in to the lines of your lips. I like both lip products on it's own but wouldn't wear it together at the same time. I'd recommend wearing each on their own.

Although it claims to do a lot of things, and you are essentially getting two products but the packaging feels a bit flimsy and the quality in both lip products don't feel like it's worth the retail value of £10, which is how much it cost on BonjourHK. The price aside, it is generally a nice lip product! 

dr bauer pobling review

Pobling Pore Sonic Cleanser by Dr. Bauer


This is different to the other sonic facial cleansers that I've tried in the past. First off, it is really affordable as it retails for about £25 (BonjourHK are selling them for $21.64 which is approximately £15). In the set, you get a brush head and a holder. The brush is really really soft and the gentle sonic vibrations cleanses the pores on your face. 

I think it's a pretty simple product to use, there isn't much to it. I literally just picked it up and used it with a cleanser. The thing with these facial cleansing brush is that after the initial two weeks of using it, I don't tend to persevere with them after a while because the brushes get dirty and I feel really bad but I don't replace them so I end up putting it to one whilst go back to my usual routine of cleansing with a muslin or cotton flannel. 

Having said that, the Pobling is a nice way of testing to see if you like facial cleansing brushes, it's inexpensive and easy to use.

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Eyebrow Pencil


I think this is a top up cartridge which inserts in to the VOV full size eye brow pencils ($6) but as the cartridge ($3) works on it's own, it's like having a miniature eyebrow pencil. I have something similar from Sheseido which my mum got me from Hong Kong and I use it to outline my brows to give it precise definition. 

From the photo, the cartridge doesn't look like it's in the best condition but it honestly doesn't look that "chalky" in real life! I was sent it in the brown shade but it shows up really brown on my skin, so I can't really make use of this. It is a shame but I might try and see if I can use it as an eyeliner or something. It also comes in shades grey and black.

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All of these products are available from Bonjour HK. They ship worlwide with shipping cost for orders to the UK costing about £6.40.

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7 comments

  1. I love that Korean Beauty products are becoming a little easier to get hold of. I've had to resort to trawling through the depths of Ebay before. I especially love Etude House. The quality is great AND the packaging is so sweet I can leave them on my dressing table as decoration!

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  2. I haven't tried many Korean beauty products but always love the look of them. They seem to have the sweetest packaging
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  3. I love Korean makeup ! I have that Etude House face conditioner, it's amazing !

    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  4. These sound so lovely!

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  5. I love pobling I use it to remove my face masks and its so soft it doesn't rub my skin too much xxx

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  6. I find these posts so so so fascinating. I love beauty from abroad! Thank you for sharing.

    Georgina
    foxonthehunt.com

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